Women’s Film Institute is proud to be a community partner at this year’s 18th annual United Nations Association Film Festival (October 15-25th). WFI is proud to co-present the following films:
DRIVING WITH SELVI Thursday, Oct. 15, Aquarius Theater, 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto, Calif., 8:20 p.m.
About film: Selvi, like so many girls living within India’s patriarchal culture, is forced to marry at a young age, only to find herself in a violent and abusive marriage. One day in deep despair, she chooses to escape, going to a highway with the intention of throwing herself under the wheels of a bus. Instead she gets on the bus, choosing to live, and goes on to become South India’s first female taxi driver. This is the ten year journey of a charming and courageous young woman who defies expectations and creates a new life. Through Selvi’s eyes, the audience is taken on a journey of healing, overcoming obstacles and fulfilling dreams. Director/Producer: Elisa Paloschi. More info: http://www.unaff.org/2015/f_driving.htm
About film: Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth tells the compelling story of an extraordinary woman’s journey from her birth in a shack in cotton fields of Putnam County, Georgia to her recognition as a key writer of the 20th century. Alice Walker made history as the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her groundbreaking novel, The Color Purple, which has been transformed from a novel to a Hollywood movie and latterly to a successful Broadway musical. This universal story of triumph against all odds is not that different from Walker’s own story. The filmoffers a penetrating look at the life and art of an artist, a self-confessed renegade and human rights activist. More info: http://www.unaff.org/2015/f_alice.html