Selvi, like so many girls living within India’s patriarchal culture, is forced to marry at a young age, only to find herself in a violent and abusive marriage. One day in deep despair, she chooses to escape, going to a highway with the intention of throwing herself under the wheels of a bus. Instead she gets on the bus, choosing to live… and goes on to become South India’s first female taxi driver.
Elisa Paloschi is a documentary director, producer, cinematographer and photographer who is drawn to stories with a human voice. She is President of Eyesfull, a Toronto- based independent production company dedicated to making non-fiction documentaries with social relevance that reflect the diversity of the human condition. — Official website for the film
Paloschi grew up in Kingston and encountered 18-year old Selvi while on travel during her volunteer work at an NGO called Odanadi, which runs a shelter for girls and women who have suffered gender based violence in South India.
Driving with Selvi has screened at a number of festivals including the Raindance Independent Film Festival, Edmonton International Film Festival, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, the International Documentary Festival in Amstadam where it was named the audience favourite and the Reel Asian International Film Festival in Toronto where it was named top documentary. The film opens the Kingston Canadian Film Festival on February 25th and will screen at the Wakefield International Film Festival on February 27th and 28th.