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Africa’s top film festival wonders where the women are


This year’s FESPACO was not without allegations of sexual abuse leveled against African filmmakers by actresses encouraged by the #MeToo movement.

“It’s time to speak out,” said French actress Nadege Beausson-Diagne, who told reporters that she was setting up the movement called “ #Memepaspeur (“Not even scared”) to help women speak out in Africa.

She said that violence “is everywhere — against actresses, but also directors, scriptwriters and technicians, who live with harassment, sexual aggression and rape.”

However, for all their struggles, people agree that across Africa, the situation is changing.

“Education and training are important. They make it possible to progress toward parity, more and more,” Salemembere said.

“Little by little, the world will see that we are just as capable as men,” Apolline Traore said, but added that the FESPACO should make awards on merit, not to redress gender discrimination.

“The Stallion must be given to a film because it deserves it, not just because it was directed by a woman,” Traore said.

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