Free screening of ‘Driving with Selvi’ to shine a light on women and children’s rights in India
Director of award-winning documentary to be on hand for special event hosted by Christian Children’s Fund of Canada
MARKHAM, Ont. — Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) is hosting a free screening in Toronto on, Sunday June 9, of Driving with Selvi, an award-winning documentary by Canadian director, Elisa Paloschi.
An opportunity to raise awareness to the problem of child, early and forced marriage in India, the film shows the 10-year journey of former child bride Selvi as she leaves her violent marriage and goes on to become South India’s first female taxi driver.
“Selvi’s experience highlights the sad reality too many girls in India and around the world face for countless reasons — tradition, poverty and more. We’re working within vulnerable communities, with various stakeholders, to bring these girls and their rights to the forefront,” said CEO of CCFC, Patrick Canagasingham. “We believe every child should have a voice and be free to achieve their full potential. It’s why we’re encouraged by women, like Selvi, who are showing positive change is possible.”
Among numerous festival awards and accolades, Driving with Selvi received Best Documentary Feature at the Atlanta Film Festival, Best of the Fest Audience Choice Award at the Wakefield International Film Festival and the Yorkton Film Festival’s Golden Sheaf award for Best Director (Non-Fiction).
The June 9 screening includes a Q&A with the director, and the CEO of CCFC and CCFC India’s country director, Belinda Bennet, will also be on hand. Light refreshments will be available along with the chance to win raffle prizes.
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About Christian Children’s Fund of Canada:
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-centred international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For nearly 60 years, CCFC has worked with children, communities, supporters and other partners — changing lives through improved health, education and clean water. CCFC works in 12 countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, to support more than 700,000 children, youth and community members.