November 4th, 2016, 7:15pm – 8:30pm
University of Winnipeg, Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall, 515 Portage Avenue
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. 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.
Featuring a discussion about equality, women’s rights and overcoming obstacles to reach success with international guest Selvi and the film’s director, Elisa Paloschi.