Driving with Selvi


Elisa Paloschi
2015 | 74 minutes | India, Canada
New York Premiere | Director in Attendance

At 18 years old, Selvi escaped an abusive marriage she had been forced into by poverty and patriarchal norms. Over the next decade, she embarked on an unlikely and stirring transformation: leaving a transitional shelter, finding work, fulfilling the almost impossible dream of getting her licenses to drive a cab and then a bus, and starting her own taxi company. Despite the tremendous hardships of her past, her unwavering spirit and sense of forward momentum enabled her quest to become South India’s first female taxi driver. Driving with Selvi is at once a scathing examination of women’s roles in India and a celebration of one exceptional woman’s desire to transcend, all set in the famously chaotic Indian traffic.

Watch the film's teaser on the Driving with Selvi website.

Driving with Selvi was supported by Chicken and Egg Pictures