July 6, 2022

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Cannes: Domestic filmmaker excluded from the red carpet due to his moccasins

Cannes: Domestic filmmaker excluded from the red carpet due to his moccasins

Indigenous filmmaker Kelvin Redwars was recently denied entry to the Red Carpet 75.E Edition of the Cannes Film Festival, because he wore moccasins, traditional shoes, which he was able to wear later.

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“I grew up with my culture, moccasins are important. I understand that there are certain rules regarding the dress code on the red carpet. So, if I wear a tuxedo, a bo tie and a piece that shows I’m aboriginal, I think it’s acceptable,” said Dene Director of the Northwest Territories on Saturday. Told the CBC.

“In many cultures in Canada, moccasins are considered traditional and formal clothing,” he says.

Kelvin Redwars travels to France with a group of indigenous filmmakers and is invited to the film premiere Almond trees Performed on May 22 by Franco-Italian actress Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.

However, the director told several major national media outlets that festival security service officials had blocked his access. He was then allowed to return to the red carpet in different shoes.

“It simply came to our notice then. Even now when I think about it I find myself distracted. I’m depressed and angry, ”he explained when he returned to Vancouver, British Columbia.

Kelvin Redvers says he has been excited for a while to wear his brown loafers made by his sister.

Within hours of the incident, the director said he had met with senior festival officials, who apologized and invited them to wear loafers on the red carpet during the film’s screening. Future crimes By David Kronenberg, Monday.

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This week, the filmmaker said on Facebook that he hoped the event would send the message that “traditional indigenous clothing is completely acceptable worldwide in formal settings such as the red carpet”.