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The India Habitat Centre (www.indiahabitat.org) is a cultural hub that has been an active platform for the promotion of cinema since 2000.
Selvi, a former child bride, escapes her violent marriage and goes on to become South Indias first female taxi driver. This is the ten-year journey of a charming, strong, and courageous young woman who defies all expectations and creates a new life.
MOVIE & DISCUSSION NIGHT - "DRIVING with SELVI" this award-winning feature documentary has the powerful ability to inspire personal transformation and shift attitudes in entire communities.
DRIVING WITH SELVI
D: Elisa Paloschi
Selvi, like so many girls living within Indias 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 Indias 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.
This character-driven story 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 refuses to accept this estimation for herself, moving beyond the pain shes experienced to create an entirely new life.
Through Selvis eyes, the audience is taken on an intimate journey of healing, overcoming obstacles, and fulfilling dreams. And throughout this journey, Selvis unwavering spirit shines through. Wildly charming (without even realizing it), remarkably strong, and utterly courageous, by the end of the film Selvi speaks almost as a sage or our wisest teacher, sharing important, hard-won secrets about happiness and life.
"If my story can help just one girl, then I will be happy"
Selvi, like so many girls marginalized in Indian society, was forced to marry at 14, only to find herself in a violent relationship. One day, in deep despair, she chooses to escape finding her voice and transforming from abused child bride to empowered young woman along the way.
"Driving with Selvi" tells the compelling 10-year story of a charming and courageous young woman who defies all expectations, moving beyond a painful past to create a new life.
JHR's screening will begin at 6 p.m., with a panel discussion with local experts to follow. Panellists include:
Elisa Paloschi, director, "Driving with Selvi"
Amrita Hari, Assistant Professor, The Pauline Jewitt Institute of Gender Studies, Carleton University
Gopika Solanki, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Carleton University
Kathleen Flynn-Dapaah, Deputy Director Child Protection, Global Affairs Canada
Admission is free, but donations for Journalists for Human Rights training projects are welcome.
Journalists for Human Rights is an international organization that helps reporters in some of the world's most challenging places report on local issues to raise human rights awareness and make people's lives better.
Throughout the past century, we have made great strides in winning equal rights for women in society. And yet, women still face discrimination in the workplace, especially in the STEM fields. Most of these challenges are deeply rooted in conventionally assumed gender roles.
It is time that we addressed these issues.
Join us for the screening of Driving with Selvi, an award winning film based on the life and struggles of Selvi - the first woman taxi driver in South India. This will be followed by a panel discussion where several eminent women will share their perspectives on topics centering on the issues face by women in STEM fields.
Venue: Clary Theatre, Student Success center
Date: March 16th, Thursday
Time: 6 PM to 9 PM
Entry to this event is free.
Pizza and drinks will be provided! Please RSVP to help us estimate food: https://goo.gl/forms/g8Fj01FZKMMM5sgO2
Dr. Joanna Mei - CDC
Dr. Anne Fahrni - PhD, Chemistry
Dr. Nidhi Williams - PhD, Biochemistry
Krishma Singal - Women in Physics
Amelia Lambeth - Gradwomen@CoC
Emily E Simonds - President, Woodruff School Graduate Womens group
Name: Driving with Selvi
About: Selvi is South India’s first female taxi driver
Description: A one-hour and feature documentary film with accompanying audience engagement campaign. Supported by the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Women Make Movies, Women in Film Foundation, Fledgling Fund, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Hot Docs Deal Maker, Thomson Reuters, USAID, Canadian High Commission (London and Mumbai), our generous Indiegogo donors, Good Pitch (India and UK), and Bertha BRITDOC Connect.
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