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Black French actresses stunt on Cannes Film Festival to denounce racism in film industry

May 17, 2018

Black French actresses are ready to fight erasure and racism in the film industry. As we recently reported, a group of 16 women recently released a book to share their experiences. They’re denouncing not only a lack of representation and inclusion, but also stereotypical representation whenever they are included.
These actresses appeared on the 2018 Cannes Film Festival red carpet this week, and it was Black Girl Magic galore! Check out some of the best photos and videos of their appearance below.
The actresses who collaborated to write the book are: Nadège Beausson-Diagne, Mata Gabin, Maïmouna Gueye, Eye Haïdara, Rachel Khan, Aïssa Maïga, Sara Martins, Marie-Philomène Nga, Sabine Pakora, Firmine Richard, Sonia Rolland, Magaajyia Silberfeld, Shirley Souagnon (who hosted AFROPUNK Paris 2016!), Assa Sylla, Karidja Touré – France Zobda, who now form the DiasporAct collective.

Aissa Maiga, Sabine Pakora, Rachel Khan, Assa Sylla and Nadège Beausson-Diagne attend the screening of ‘Burning’ during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 16, 2018 in Cannes, France


Authors of the book ‘Noire N’est Pas Mon Métier’ (Black is Not My Job) dance on the stairs at the screening of ‘Burning’ during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 16, 2018 in Cannes, France


Authors of the book ‘Noire N’est Pas Mon Métier’ (Black is Not My Job) attend the screening of ‘Burning’ during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 16, 2018 in Cannes, France.


France Zobda, Aissa Maiga, Rachel Khan and Nadège Beausson-Diagne attend the screening of ‘Burning’ during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 16, 2018 in Cannes, France


Authors of the book ‘Noire N’est Pas Mon Métier’ (Black is Not My Job) dance on the stairs with Jury member Khadja Nin at the screening of ‘Burning’ during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 16, 2018 in Cannes, France.


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