Friday, 15 January 2021

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"Driving with Selvi", a film by Elisa Paloschi

7 October, 6:30PM, Bertha DocHouse, Curzon Bloomsbury

Runtime: 74'

Selvi - posterSelvi, 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. We first meet 18-year-old Selvi at a girls’ shelter in 2004 – timid, soft-spoken, a fresh runaway from a difficult life. Over a ten-year journey, we see a remarkable transformation as Selvi finds her voice and defies all expectations – learning to drive, starting her own taxi company, leading seminars to educate other women, and much more.

The film will be followed by a Q&A with guest speakers:

  • Elisa Paloschi, Director "Driving with Selvi"
  • Lily Caprani, Executive Director of Communications, Advocacy and Programmes, UNICEF UK

And a reception sponsored by the Canadian High Commission at 8:30PM

The film is in English and has a running time of 74mins

Those who arrive late may not be admitted.

Driving with Selvi - Trailer

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Curzon Bloomsbury (formerly Renoir)
Bloomsbury Cinema, The Brunswick, London, WC1N 1AW
Nearest tube: Russell Square