Ava Duvernay, Cate Blanchett & Khadja Nin Lead Protest Against Gender Inequality At The Cannes Film Festival 2018


(L-R) Khadja Nin, Ava DuVernay and Cate Blanchett walk the red carpet in protest of gender inequality at the Cannes Film Festival

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…

”Women are NOT a minority in the world, yet the current state of our industry says otherwise. As women, we all face our own unique challenges, but we stand together on these stairs today as a symbol of our determination and commitment to progress. We are writers, producers, directors, actresses, cinematographers, talent agents, editors, distributors, sales agents and all involved in the cinematic arts…..We stand in solidarity with women of all industries…..We challenge our institutions to actively provide parity and transparency in their executive bodies and safe environments in which to work. We challenge our governments to make sure that the laws of equal pay for equal work are upheld.”















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