Women Take To Cannes Red Carpet To Protest Inequality In Film

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A group of 82 women will silently take a stand at the film festival.

Organizers said the event was orchestrated by the Time's Up movement and the French movement known as 5020x2020 to show "how hard it is still to climb the social and professional ladder" for women. Additionally joining are the 5 feminine members with the calendar year's Cannes jury: Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart, Ava DuVernay, Lea Seydoux and Burundian singer Khadja Nin.

At the conclusion the protest, Blanchett and veteran documentary-maker Agnes Varda read a collective statement from the group that called for institutions to provide safer working conditions for women, and for governments to uphold equal pay laws.

"Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of our industry says otherwise", the statement said.

"We stand together on these steps today as a symbol of our determination and progress".

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"The stairs of our industry must be accessible to all", she concluded.

After the Harvey Weinstein scandal ushered in the powerful #MeToo and #TimesUp movements in the industry, a handful of A-list actresses and directors are taking a step further by using one of the most prominent film festivals to fight for gender equity. Both - Nadine Labaki's "Capernaum", and also Alice Rohrwacher's "Happy as Lazzaro" - will be to premiere weekly.

The festival supported Saturday's protest.

Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux alluded to the women's red carpet plans on Monday, saying a large group of women were going to do something at the festival on Saturday "to affirm their presence".

As depressing as the lack of women in power is when it comes to Hollywood, the Cannes Festival, in particular, has a dismal track record when it comes to celebrating the achievements of female filmmakers. But he has likewise indicated that the festival is now reanalyzing its procedures and is now making its own selection committees sex balanced.

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