82 Women Protest On Cannes Red Carpet for Inequality in Film

On 12th May, 2018, Cate Blanchett and Ava DuVernay along with 80 other women walled the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival to protest gender inequality at the festival and in the whole film industry.

Cate Blanchett said “Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of the industry says otherwise.”

As per the reports, this group of 82 women included directors, actresses and other female members of the film industry including Salma Hayek, Kristen Stewart, and director of “Wonder Woman”, Patty Jenkins.

Group of Women Protesting at Cannes red Carpet for Gender Inequality in Film and Festival

Cate Blanchett was the jury president of this year’s festival. Blanchett led the group and spoke from the steps of the Palais des Festivals along with French film director, Agnes Varda, who conveyed the same message in French. Blanchett even explained about the significance of number 82.

Blanchett stated “On these steps today stand 82 women representing the number of female directors who have climbed these stairs since the first edition of the Cannes Film Festival in 1946. In the same period 1688 male directors have climbed these very same stairs. In the 71 years of this world-renowned festival there have been 12 female heads of its juries.”

She further added that 71 male directors have been awarded with the most prestigious award of the festival, Palme d’Or. And, only one female director, Hane Campion (1993) has been awarded with Palme d’Or, though Varda is also an Palme d’Or awardee (2015).

Blanchett said “Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of the industry says otherwise. We stand together on these steps today as a symbol of our determination to change and progress

This gender inequality protest was planned targeting 50:50 by 2020, a French movement for gender inequality in film. The message coincided with the announcement of the Cannes Film Festival that it is going to sign “concrete, strong commitments” to diversity. However, it is not yet clear as to what exactly are the commitments going to be.

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