Phew, what a tour! The past 5 weeks were a whirlwind. Selvi and I traveled to 5 countries on 2 continents, participated in dozens of Q&As, held multiple Save Her A Seat fundraisers, took part on panels, won another “best documentary” award, reconnected with old friends, and met many news ones. I can’t thank the organizers or the audiences enough for their warmth and welcome.
The highlight for both me and Selvi was engaging with over 2000 youth during four screenings – In Canada with students from the Toronto and Kingston School Boards, in Providence with Brown University/Wheeler School students, and in Colorado with at-risk kids from alternative schools and youth detention facilities.
The screenings provided an enriched learning experience, as the diverse audiences connected with Selvi both on and off screen. The impact of Selvi’s story on the young people was palpable and the film inspired deep questions, critical and creative thought and shifting perspectives.
1. Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival opening night Gala. 2. Mommy's postcard. 3. Student art. 4. Wheeler School Empowerment Club.
“I saw myself in Selvi… I’ve had many difficulties and her courage is a reminder to be strong.”
Colorado Springs youth
“Elisa's beautifully made film and Selvi's inspirational voice help all who see it understand why immediate action must be taken to help stop child marriage and fight for women's rights in India and around the world. “ Amy Bonnici – Wheeler School teacher.
SAVE HER A SEAT - DOUBLE YOUR DONATION & IMPACT
We are raising funds to hold grassroots screenings and workshops with girls and women in 30 Indian communities. Film can be a powerful catalyst for social change – and Driving with Selvi is the ideal vehicle to build support for women and girls in India.
This week only, you can double your impact. If we raise $5000 by end of day Nov. 27th one of supporters will match this with an additional $5000. Please help us reach our goal, contribute if you can, and sharing the campaign with your friends and social networks. (learn more)
16 DAYS TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. Learn more.
During the 16 Days of Action Driving with Selvi will have the following screenings:
November 24 – Hot Docs Cinema, Toronto (Q&A)
November 26 – Regent Park Film Festival, Toronto (Sold Out) (Q&A)
November 29 – Newcomer Center of Peel, Mississauga
December 1 – Hot Docs Cinema, Toronto (Q&A)
December 3 - Les Filministes Film Festival, Montreal
December 9 – Santa Fe Film Festival, Santa Fe
December 10 – Dasra Philanthropy Forum, Houston (Panelist)