May 14, 2018 15:12 IST

Cannes 2018: Female stars protest on red carpet for equal rights

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Dozens of women film stars have held a protest at the Cannes film festival against gender-based discrimination in the industry. Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart and Jane Fonda were among those taking part in the red-carpet demonstration. The prestigious Cannes festival has come under criticism for failing to showcase more films by women directors. The protest comes after a period of turmoil in the industry following allegations of sexual harassment. This is the first Cannes festival since allegations of sexual abuse were first made against producer Harvey Weinstein last year. He has always denied engaging in non-consensual sex. The actresses and film-makers linked arms to stroll along the red carpet. Cate Blanchett spoke of the film industry's gender inequalities. Credit: (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
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(From second left) Haifaa al-Mansour, Kirsten Stewart, Lea Seydoux, Khadja Nin, Ava DuVernay, Cate Blanchett, Agnes Varda and guests walk the red carpet in protest of the lack of female filmmakers honored throughout the history of the festival at the screening of 'Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. Only 82 films in competition in the official selection have been directed by women since the inception of the Cannes Film Festival whereas 1,645 films in the past 71 years have been directed by men. Credit: (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
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A general view of atmosphere with Emmanuelle Bercot, Eva Husson, Golshifteh Farahani and women Filmmakers on the steps of the red carpet in protest of the lack of female filmmakers honored throughout the history of the festival during the 'Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)' Red Carpet Arrivals - The 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. Credit: (Photo by Foc Kan/FilmMagic)
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Lea Seydoux and Kirsten Stewart with other filmmakers on the steps of the red carpet in protest of the lack of female filmmakers honored throughout the history of the festival at the screening of 'Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. Credit: (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
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Marion Cotillard (second left) walks the red carpet in protest of the lack of female filmmakers honored throughout the history of the festival at the screening of 'Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. Credit: (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)