Brunswick Picture House

30 Fingal St, Brunswick Heads NSW 2483

Driving with Selvi (CTC)

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