More protests on the Cannes red car­pet

French women of colour and cin­ema per­son­al­i­ties from Brazil high­light their causes: ban­ish­ing prej­u­dice and pro­tect­ing tribes

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - HTCITY ENTERTAINMENT -

The 71st Cannes Film Fes­ti­val will prob­a­bly be re­mem­bered more for the protests staged than for the films screened at the 12-day event, end­ing to­mor­row.

Wed­nes­day was yet again in the head­lines for protests on the red car­pet. Six­teen fe­male ac­tors of colour staged quite a glam­orous, vi­va­cious protest, de­nounc­ing every­day racism in the French film in­dus­try. Led by Ba­mako star Aissa Maiga, they also launched their new book, Be­ing Black Is Not My Job (Noire n’est pas mon metier), de­nounc­ing the prej­u­dices they have suf­fered in the hands of film­mak­ers and cast­ing agents.

This fol­lows hot on the heels of an his­toric red car­pet demon­stra­tion last Satur­day by 82 Hol­ly­wood stars, women di­rec­tors, pro­duc­ers and scriptwrit­ers, led by Cate Blanchett, de­mand­ing equal pay and sta­tus. “I was moved to act by the spirit of the times,” Maiga told AFP. She said that quo­tas “could be a pos­si­ble op­tion” for com­bat­ing the lack of black faces on screen, even if that would trig­ger op­po­si­tion.

An­other protest on Wed­nes­day was staged by the largely Brazil­ian cast and crew of the film The Dead and the Oth­ers, which is com­pet­ing in the Un Cer­tain Re­gard seg­ment at Cannes.

They called for the de­mar­ca­tion of indige­nous lands and a halt to the killing of na­tive tribes in Brazil.

Away from these protests, Amer­i­can ac­tor John Tra­volta walked down mem­ory lane, as his 1978 hit Grease was screened on a beach­front. He met fans and sub­mit­ted to selfie re­quests.

PHOTO: JEAN­PAUL PELISSIER/REUTERS

PHOTO: JEAN­PAUL PELISSIER/REUTERS

Ac­tor Milla Jovovich Su­per­model Adri­ana Lima

PHOTO: LOIC VENANCE/AFP

The cast and the crew of the Brazil­ian­Por­tuguese co­pro­duc­tion, The Dead and the Oth­ers, (L­R) pro­ducer Ricardo Alves Jr, ac­tor Ih­jac Kraho, di­rec­tor Joao Salav­iza, di­rec­tor Re­nee Nader Mes­sora, ac­tor Koto Kraho, co­or­di­na­tor of pro­duc­tion Is­abella...

PHOTO: JEAN­PAUL PELISSIER/REUTERS

French ac­tors Nadege Beaus­son­Di­agne, Mata Gabin, Maimouna Gu­eye, Eye Haidara, Rachel Khan, Aissa Maiga, Sara Martins, Marie­Philomene Nga, Sabine Pakora, Firmine Richard, So­nia Rol­land, Ma­gaa­jyia Sil­ber­feld, Shirley Souagnon, Assa Sylla, Karidja...

PHOTO: STEPHANE MAHE/ REUTERS

John Tra­volta ar­rives to at­tend a beach­front cin­ema screen­ing of his 1978 film Grease, the high school mu­si­cal that has be­come a clas­sic

PHOTO: ERIC GAILLARD/REUTERS

Di­rec­tor Mat­teo Gar­rone and cast mem­bers Al­ida Bal­dari Cal­abria, Mar­cello Fonte and Edoardo Pesce at the screen­ing of Dog­man

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