The Assembly addresses sexist and sexual violence in cinema under the moving gaze of Judith Godrèche – Libération

The Assembly addresses sexist and sexual violence in cinema under the moving gaze of Judith Godrèche – Libération
The Assembly addresses sexist and sexual violence in cinema under the moving gaze of Judith Godrèche – Libération
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Requested by the actress at the end of February, the creation of this commission of inquiry was approved this Thursday, May 2. Judith Godrèche, visibly moved, followed the debates from the stands before being applauded by the fifty deputies present.

It was in front of an almost empty hemicycle that Francesca Pasquini, environmentalist deputy for Hauts-de-Seine, presented this Thursday, May 2, her request for the creation of a commission of inquiry into the “abuse and violence” of which minors and adults are victims in the cinema, audiovisual, performing arts, fashion and advertising sectors. The MP therefore asked her colleagues to allow the existence of this commission which “will make it possible to point out who are the actors and people responsible for the survival of this system”. “It’s time to stop rolling out the red carpet for aggressors,” she said after the vote.

One after the other, the deputies (because the vast majority were women) took turns to speak during the general discussion. The debates were not virulent, with all the speakers agreeing to put an end to violence in entertainment. Each group, from the National Rally to France Insoumise, listed their reasons for fighting against sexual violence, whether to fight “post-sixty-eight libertarianism” for some, or “the male domination which irrigates all this sexual violence” for the others.

In the stands, Judith Godrèche attended the debates watching everyone parade at the microphone. The actress requested the creation of a commission at the end of February, after filing a complaint against directors Jacques Doillon and Benoît Jacquot for “rape of a person under the age of fifteen by a person in authority”. Having become the spearhead of the #MeToo movement in cinema, she was interviewed by the Senate at the end of February and by the National Assembly in mid-March.

At the time of the vote, Judith Godrèche burst into tears, the 52 deputies present having all voted “for” leaving no room for “against” or “abstention”. The deputies then stood up, turned to the actress and applauded her. “This commission must be carried out”commented the actress after the vote of the deputies. “It was extremely moving to hear these words in a place where laws are made, while there is an absence of law on film sets.”

Auditions start May 20

This commission will therefore allow thirty deputies to investigate, with three missions: “evaluate the situation of minors who work in the cinema, performing arts and fashion industries”, but also adults after the Cultural Affairs Committee extended the field of investigation initially envisaged, “identify the mechanisms and failures which allow possible abuse and violence against these children and establish the responsibilities of each actor in this matter” And “make recommendations on the responses to be made”.

The commission of inquiry must be formed on May 13, and begin its hearings on May 20, according to Francesca Pasquini. She is expected to deliver her findings six months later, in November.

Update at 12:15 p.m.: with the reaction of Judith Godrèche.

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