DRIVING WITH SELVI (2016)
- dir. ELISA PALOSCHI
- country. CANADA
- running time. 78 mins
TAXI SISTER (2011)
- dir. THERESA TRAORE DAHLBERG
- country. SENEGAL
- running time. 28 mins
Tickets for both events - £5,00 (£3.50 concessions) Doors 12:30pm (+food) Film 1:30pm
DRIVING WITH SELVI
A Top Ten Audience Favourite at the International Documentary Film Festival, Driving with Selvi follows a young woman who escaped an abusive child marriage to regain her strength and become the first female taxi driver in the Indian state of Karnataka. An inspiring character-driven portrait of a woman who refuses to accept society's norms, Canadian director Elisa Paloschi followed Selvi for a decade. Showing her transformation from a young girl recovering from a violent marriage into a powerful, independent woman, the film shows how she moved beyond great pain to create a new life.
"This modest but unforgettable documentary tells the simple tale of an unflappable Indian girl... There’s something in Selvi’s journey from the darkest trauma to glorious self-actualisation that feels powerfully relevant to our times" - Time Out *****
"A lightfooted, feelgood film about one girl who got away... a journey into awareness" - The Guardian
An eye-opening documentary about one of the few female taxi drivers working in Dakar, Senegal, Taxi Sister follows Boury, a woman behind the wheel who leads a life filled with everyday drama and constantly battles society’s expectations of women. The film gets its name from the Taxi Sister project started by the Senegalese state in 2007 with the aim of encouraging female entrepreneurs.
Tasty Indian food will be available at this event from 12:30pm, made by local Deptford restaurant, Hulabaloo.