Driving with Selvi


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sat, Oct 22, 2016 6:00 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Mon, Oct 24, 2016 9:00 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Wed, Oct 26, 2016 3:00 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Thu, Oct 27, 2016 8:45 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Thu, Nov 24, 2016 6:15 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Thu, Dec 1, 2016 4:00 PM
Film Info
Runtime:74 min
Country Listing:Canada
Rating:Not yet rated (STC)
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Elisa Paloschi


Meet Selvi: a charming, strong and utterly courageous young woman who happens to be South India’s first female taxi driver. Selvi was forced to marry at a young age, only to find herself in a violent and abusive marriage. One day, in a desperate bid to escape, she fled to a highway with the intention of throwing herself under a bus—instead, she hailed the bus and started her remarkable journey. Over a 10-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.

Director Elisa Paloschi will be in attendance for post-screening Q&As at all screenings.

Co-presented by South Asian Women's Centre and Reel Asian.

Critical praise:

  • Cinefilles - “A lovely, entertaining and emotional film.”
  • NOW Magazine - 4/5 Ns, “An engaging portrait of a confident young woman.”
  • Ottawa Citizen - “Gears up a message of hope for women in India.”
  • Times Colonist - “It's never too late to overcome adversity and achieve happiness on your own terms.”

Additional Information

Winner—Truth to Power Documentary Award, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival