Friday, October 23, 2015

Jio MAMI's Discovering India Opening Film "Driving With Selvi"

17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival
      October 29 to 5 November, 2015

Section:   Discovering India
Curated by Uma da Cunha
     Opening Film  -  Documentary
       “Driving with Selvi”   (Canada)
Asia Premiere
Directed by Elisa Paloschi
Venue  PVR, Phoenix, Lower Parel, Theatre Nix 2
Date/Time   Friday, October 30 at 2.00 pm
To be followed by Q&A with director Elisa Paloschi and protagonist Selvi

   Driving With Selvi,  directed by Elisa Paloschi,  2015,  78 mins, Kannada
Set in Karnataka, South India, "Driving With Selvi" follows the courageous Selvi through a nine- year transformational journey as she  discovers her personal power. At age 27, Selvi has already endured many hardships. An impoverished child, she was a victim of the society she inherited. Forced to marry at age 14, she endured abuse, exploitation and discrimination. Instead of giving in, Selvi made the decision to escape her abusive marriage. The film follows the courageous Selvi   through a 9-year transformational journey as she starts her own taxi company and becomes Karnataka’s first female taxi driver, works for a medical outreach organisation, gets her license to drive a passenger bus, becomes a wife again and eventually a mother. It is her unwavering spirit and character that pushed her through to finding a second chance in life and love. Through Selvi’s eyes, the audience is taken on an intimate journey, perhaps even a familiar one, of healing, overcoming obstacles and fulfilling dreams. The film took ten years to make.

Canada-based photographer, filmmaker, producer Elisa Paloschi is drawn  to stories with a human voice. Paloschi has produced diverse and multi platform content over the past decade. Her latest documentary feature "Embracing Voices" (2012) talks about Canadian jazz luminary,Jane Bunnett. She is currently working on "Driving with Selvi" and is in story development for an interactive documentary "The Memory of Forgetting".  Paloschi  has taken her camera into the Roma camps of Palermo, the breathtaking landscape of Karnataka, and deep under the Coral Sea of Australia.   Elisa is currently raising completion funds through the Indiegogo crowd-funding platform:
2nd screening  -  “Driving with Selvi”
Sunday, November 1, 11.00 am
PVR ECX - Citi Mall, Andheri West

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