Selvi, like too many girls living in India, is forced to marry at age 14 into a violent marriage. From these desperate beginnings, she chooses to escape, and goes on to become South India’s first female taxi driver. We first meet Selvi at a girls’ shelter in 2004 – a fresh runaway from a difficult life. Over a ten-year journey, the film tracks a remarkable transformation as Selvi finds her voice and defies all expectations with the new life she builds for herself. This absorbing documentary highlights the challenges that millions of women and girls face in India today and has sparked a social impact campaign to support women and girls’ resilience, self-empowerment, and economic opportunity in the face of patriarchy in India. For more information on the campaign visit www.drivingwithselvi.com.
Presenting local shorts before our feature films at CIFF
FASHFEST encore screening: THE ALTERNATE (2016, 4mins) dir. Stephan Robinson and Andrew Robinson