Director Elisa Paloschi
Duration 74 mins
Selvi, like so many girls living within India’s patriarchal culture, is forced to marry at 14, only to find herself in a violent marriage. One day, in deep despair, she chooses to escape. 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, going on to become South India’s first female taxi driver, 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, utterly courageous young woman who moves beyond the pain she has experienced to create a new life.