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A documentary about a former child bride who becomes South India’s first female taxi driver.
Elisa Paloschi
Toronto, Ontario
3 Team Members

Remember when, thanks to many of you, we raised $50,000 to complete Driving with Selvi? This enabled us to pay top-flight professionals to help bring the film to its finest possible form. And then many of you pitched in with some of Selvi's travel costs, ensuring a successful festival launch. As a result, we’re proud to say that Driving with Selvi was released into the world at the RAINDANCE Independent Film Festival in London in September, and Selvi will be inspiring audiences at the Reel Asian International Film Festival and  International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)!

Now we urgently need your help to make sure the film has the biggest impact it can on audiences – particularly in reaching and women and girls in India.

Driving with Selvi is not just a film – it’s also a robust social impact and engagement campaign. Film has a powerful ability to inspire change, shift attitudes, and create social movements. With this in mind,the Driving with Selvi social impact campaign will build on the narrative of the film to support women and girls’ resilience, self-empowerment, and economic opportunity in the face of patriarchy in India.

“This is a story that can spark a change in someone’s life.” 
Zainab Salbi, Founder, Women for Women International

 Launching in 2016, the campaign will include:

· a ten-day kick-off bus and media tour with Selvi at the wheel to inpsire conversations about gender violence and non-traditional livelihoods for women and girls,

· a grassroots screening tour to show the film to one million viewers in rural and marginalized communities,

·  a school and NGO program to ensure the film, and accompanying educational guides in multiple languages, are made available for free to organizations serving these communities, and

·  initiatives to support young women through education, training and scholarship opportunities in non-traditonal livelihoods.

"A powerful story and one of the most inspirational films. At the core of the story is an issue that is all-too prevalent in countries around the world, and that’s gender-based violence.…ultimately Selvi’s story is about hope and resilience...”

– John Beed, U.S. Mission Director for India, USAID

If you’ve already supported the completion of Driving with Selvi, we thank you. If you’re new to the film, welcome. And in either case, we hope you’ll join us in the next phase of our journey to make Driving with Selvi a real tool to inspire lasting change.

“I think sharing this film is not just important in the Indian content. I think it’s important to share in a global context to change the narrative around women as victims.”
– Kavita Ramdas, Country Representative, India, Ford Foundation

There are millions of Selvis out there, searching for a better life. Let’s share Selvi’s inspirational story and support them in building their futures.

Whatever you can do, we hope you’ll take that step now – any amount, big or small, really makes a big difference…

Together we can make it happen. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!

Elisa, Selvi, Julia, Shasha, and the whole Driving with Selvi Team

 Documentary films have been proven to be effective tools for social engagement.  

The story of South India’s first female taxi driver

Selvi, like so many girls living in India, is forced to marry at 14, only to find herself in a violent marriage. One day in deep despair, she chooses to escape, going on to become South India’s first female taxi driver. We first meet 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 educational seminars, and much more. Driving with Selvi highlights the challenges that millions of devalued women and girls in India face. In a society where women are often considered expendable or worthless, Selvi is exceptional – a charming, strong, and utterly courageous young woman who moves beyond the pain she’s experienced to create a new life.

About the Director

With more than 25 years’ experience in documentary production as a director, producer and cinematographer, Elisa Paloschi is president of Eyesfull, a Toronto- based independent production company dedicated to non-fiction documentaries that reflect the diversity of the human voice.

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  2. WRITE A BLOG OR ARTICLE – Let us know if you want to do this and we’ll happily send you a press kit.
  3. BECOME AN OFFICIAL AMBASSADOR – We’re creating a worldwide network of passionate people to work with us on this project. Our ambassadors will commit to regularly posting about the film and the issues addressed on social media, sometimes write guest blogs, brainstorm ideas for the audience engagement campaign, and ultimately bring the film to their schools and communities when it’s complete.

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