82 women protesting at Cannes win a pledge for more women directors

Cannes leaders sign gender equality plegde following protest

Filmmaker Rohena Gera, who was among the 82 women who protested against gender gap at the 71st Cannes Film Festival, says it was a very moving experience to express solidarity against the "barriers" that women face across the world in different ways.

Once these guidelines are implemented, the festival should organically see a sharp uptick in films directed by women.

The protest comes after a period of turmoil in the industry following allegations of sexual harassment. The line was set up for the first time this year following four alleged attacks at the festival in previous years by Weinstein who has denied the claims. He has always denied engaging in non-consensual sex.

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Flanked by jury members Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart, Lea Seydoux and Ava DuVernay, Cannes Film Festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux signed a pledge Monday to increase transparency and promote gender equality during a midday ceremony.

Comparatively, movies by 1,688 male director have made the cut in those years. "The prestigious Palme d'Or has been bestowed upon 71 male directors-too numerous to mention by name-but only two women".

Women's Protest at Cannes Film Festival.

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Andreas Rentz Getty Images

At an event often more associated with the flashy and superficial, this was a moment of real heft and resonance.

The number of stars, filmmakers and film industry professionals ascending the steps represented the number of female filmmakers who have been selected to compete at Cannes during the festival's seven-decade history.

The timing was flawless.

On today's premiere of French Director Eva Husson's "Girls of the sun" (Les Filles Du Soleil) will be talking for a long time.

Some of the 82 were familiar.

"India has a good relationship both with the French film industry and the Cannes film festival and".

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