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ICM are excited to host an exclusive screening and Q&A session of the powerful documentary ‘Driving with Selvi’. The documentary focuses on the life of Selvi and her ten year journey to escape her violent marriage to become South India’s first female taxi driver. It will be shown at the Congress Centre on Monday, June 19 at 17:30 and is available to all delegates. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the director, Elisa Paloschi who will answer any audience questions on the documentary.

Driving with Selvi

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. 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 is exceptional – a charming, strong, and utterly courageous young woman who moves beyond the pain she’s experienced to create a new life.


Elisa Paloschi - Director's Biography (click here)

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. Her first experimental short premiered at Int Film Fest Ouberhausent in 1992, and completed her first feature documentary, Embracing Voices, in 2012 (NXNE).

Paloschi’s latest feature, Driving with Selvi (drivingwithselvi.com) premiered at Raindance in 2015; since then it has appeared at festivals around the world, winning a number of awards and accolades (best doc, and New Mavericks awards at Atlanta, best doc Reel Asian, best director Yorkton etc.) and was selected as an IDFA Top 10 Audience Favourite. She is currently working on the film’s multi-phase social engagement campaign, which will see the film screened to viewers across India in support of gender equality and economic empowerment for women and girls. (saveheraseat.com).

Media Links | Awards & Accolades (click here)






  • Truth to Power Documentary Award, Reel Asian Int. Film Festival, Nov 2015.
  • IDFA Top 10 Audience Favorite. Nov 2015.
  • Best of the Fest Audience Choice Award, Wakefield Int. Film Festival. Feb 2016.
  • New Mavericks Award, Atlanta Film Festival. April 2016
  • Best Documentary Feature Award, Atlanta Film Festival. April 2016.
  • Nominee, Golden Sheaf Award, Best Documentary - POV, Yorkton Film Festival.
  • Winner, Golden Sheaf Award, Best Director - Non Fiction, Yorkton Film Festival.