The 2018 Cannes Film Festival is currently underway in France and what better way to make a bold statement than at a film festival that many women directors believe has continuously failed to give them the spotlight throughout its 71-year history.
Ava Duvernay, Khadja Nin, Cate Blanchett, Salma Hayek, and Kristen Stewart were among a group of 82 women who protested on the Cannes 2018 red carpet on Saturday night against gender disparity. 82 signifies the number of films directed by women to ever play in the festival’s renowned Palme d’Or competition as opposed to that of men which is, 1,645 films.
A French cinema gender equality movement dubbed 5050×2020, put together this protest. The women had a silent vigil ahead of the premiere of the film, Girls Of The Sun by Eva Husson
During the protest, Cate Blanchett spoke passionately about the gender disparity in the film industry. In a speech, she said…