Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

82 women walk the red carpet in Cannes film fest protest

82 women walk the red carpet in Cannes film fest protest

Saying he would transform the movie festival, Thierry told the Associated Press: "We hope that Cannes will welcome these new initiatives. If he's part of the problem, he is part of the solution as well".

In her speech, Blanchett said 82 women were on the steps because that is the "number of female directors who have climbed these stairs" since Cannes' inception in 1946. But he's also signaled that the festival is reanalyzing its procedures and making its selection committees gender-balanced. This is just one likely reason that the Time's Up movement and a French movement named 5050x2020, representing the advocacy for 50/50 representation by 2020, organized this demonstration.

"Films like Tamasha and Befikre were shot extensively in this part of the world", she added further.

"Several members of the global film festival of India, Goa were present at Cannes this year".

Time's Up co-founder and CAA motion picture agent Maha Dakhil addressed the Time's Up launch at the Golden Globes.

She walked the red carpet here along with 81 women from all the professions of the industry in protest against gender gap.

The protest was meant to highlight the difficulties for women in Hollywood "to climb the social and professional ladder" and also to urge a safer workplace for all, seven months after the New York Times expose on disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who is accused of rape and sexual harassment.

The aim is to roll out the pledge to other festivals around the world in the coming months. Of India, Hon'ble Ambassador of India to France, Ashok Kumar Parmar, Prasoon Joshi, Writer, Poet and Chairman, Central Board of Film Certification India, Vani Tripathi Tikoo Member, Central Board of Film Certification, Producer and Director, Jerome Paillard, Executive Director, Marche Du Film Festival, Cannes Film Market, Actress, Shaji Karun, filmmaker, Jahnu Barua.

French minister of culture Francoise Nyssen also announced a conference on gender equality set for late June in Paris.

As part of the debut Saudi presence at the global festival, nine short films by young Saudi directors were screeed in the Short Film Corner, including Is Sumiyati Going to Hell? by Meshal Aljaser, about a maid working for racist employers, and Alkaif by Seba Alluqmani, about the country's coffee tradition. "We have a responsibility".

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