Always fewer women behind the cameras, denounces Geena Davis

The proportion of women directors is still declining in the United States, denounced Tuesday in Deauville the American actress Geena Davis who founded an institute of studies on the representation of women on the screen, qualifying this situation as ” shame”.
“Things definitely do not improve for female directors. The figures in the United States are down, “said Thelma’s Thelma and Louise (1991) of Ridley Scott.

Geena Davis presented on Tuesday out of competition at the American film festival in Deauville (France) a documentary she produced, entitled Everything can change, and if women counted in Hollywood? .

Based on data collected by the institute (Institute of Gender in Media) founded in 2004 by the actress, and testimonials from many personalities like Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett or Natalie Portman, the film shows how the world American cinema remains engulfed in its discriminatory reflexes in the place it gives to women in front of and behind the camera.

“In America, only about 4% of films produced are made by women,” said the actress interviewed by AFP, noting that in film schools, gender distribution is however 50/50.

“It’s really a shame. We have known for decades. How long will it take? “She added.

For the actress, who also gave the answer to Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie , the only “big change” since #MoiAussi “is that today we can talk”.

“We have learned in the past never to complain, even for sexual harassment issues. There are so few female roles. They would always find someone else to replace us, or someone less expensive, “said the actress.

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