Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Nandita, Rasika to join Jane Fonda, Kristen in Cannes protest

Nandita, Rasika to join Jane Fonda, Kristen in Cannes protest

The 71st Cannes Film Festival kicked off in seriously sexy style on Thursday, as actor Huma Qureshi made a glamorous appearance at the India Pavilion.

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82 women are participating - a number chosen intentionally, as only 82 female-directed films have been honored by an official selection in competition at the festival, compared to over 1,600 films directed by men.

According to Vanity Fair, the organisers' aim is to highlight the hurdles faced by women to climb the social and professional ladder in the film industry. Also joining are the five female members of this year's Cannes jury: Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart, Ava DuVernay, Lea Seydoux, and Burundian singer Khadja Nin.

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"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", read part of the statement.

The protest was held ahead of the premiere of French filmmaker Eva Husson's "Girls of the Sun", which is about a Kurdish battalion of women soldiers. Festival director Thierry Fremaux earlier this week hailed Saturday's event as a way for women "to affirm their presence". Asked about sexual exploitation and harassment of women, Huma said, "Well, as a woman, absolutely, I have had to deal with people making advances at me, but not just people from the business of film industry, but people across different professions and different strata".

Chastain past year served as a jury member in Cannes, and was critical of the female representation in the festival's main slate.

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