Historical Protests at Cannes 2018


There were three major protests at Cannes red carpet and we feel change is in the air.

This year, Cannes Film Festival was special for many reasons. One of them was that many celebrities used this big platform to protest. They raise their voices against very important issues. We saw three very major protests at Cannes red carpet, led by very popular celebrities from around the world.

1. Protest Against the dress code

After striking a pose for the photographers at the red carpet, Kristen Stewart made a rebellious move of removing her heels.

She walked barefoot on the stairs. Similarly, she had raised her objection against “Heels only” policy for women on the red carpet last year.

This year, she took an action and protested against it which no one was expecting.


2. Protest Against Gender Discrimination in the Industry

Although Cannes has always been male-dominated, the women took hold this year. The protest included festival female jury members and many female actors, directors and producers. It was led by Cate Blanchett and Agnes Varda.

Before the premiere of Eva Husson’s Girls of the Sun, 82 women marched the red carpet, stood on stairs with locked arms.

According to protesters, Cannes failed to showcase an equal number of films by male and female directors. In 71 years of Cannes film festival, there have been 1688 male directors whose films have been premiered and only 82 women directors got this opportunity. While this is a fair demand, only time will tell that whether its implemented or not.


3. Protest Against Attacks on Gaza

Lebanese actress, Manal Issa, protested against Israeli army’s attack on Palestinians on the Gaza border. She held a sign which said, “Stop the attack on Gaza” while being on the red carpet for the premiere of Solo: A Star Was story. She used the massive spotlight perfectly to highlight this international issue.


This is the first year that Palestinians got their own pavilion to promote their movie industry at Cannes film festival. Also, they held a minute’s silence during their protest.

Hollywood actor, Benicio del Toro, also joined Palestinians for this protest.


Producer and director, May Odeh said:

“It’s really crazy to be here with the films, with the filmmakers, talking about our future plans while our kids and families are suffering from the Israeli attacks on them.”

Although Cannes has always been exceptional, these protests have made it memorable too. People will remember it for years to come. Let’s hope and pray that the efforts of the protestors do not go in vain.

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