30 Fingal St, Brunswick Heads NSW 2483
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.
“This is a story that can spark a change in someone’s life.” — Zainab Salbi, Founder, Women for Women International
“A powerful story and one of the most inspirational films. At the core of the story is an issue that is all-too prevalent in countries around the world, and that’s gender-based violence… ultimately Selvi’s story is about hope and resilience…” — John Beed, U.S. Mission Director for India, USAID
“I think sharing this film is not just important in the Indian content. I think it’s important to share in a global context to change the narrative around women as victims.” — Kavita Ramdas, Country Representative, India, Ford Foundation
“What I’ve taken away from this extremely compelling film is the voice of Selvi, about her own sense of self-worth and her ability to build on that, and I think that is really the foundation of development of any kind.” — Geetanjali Master, Advocacy and Communications Specialist, UNICEF India
Adult $15 | Concession $12