Sexual violence in cinema: Rachida Dati denounces a “blindness that lasted for years”

The Minister of Culture, Rachida Dati, denounces a “collective blindness, a blindness that has lasted for years” on the subject of sexual violence in French cinema, in the magazine Le Film français on Friday February 23.

Her speech comes a few hours before the 49th Césars ceremony, at the Olympia, in Paris, while several women spoke out on sexual and gender-based violence in the seventh art. “Today, an entire system is becoming aware of its collective blindness, a blindness that has lasted for years,” underlines the minister, who praised the actions of Judith Godrèche.

The actress became the latest figurehead of French #metoo after filing a complaint against directors Benoît Jacquot and Jacques Doillon for sexual and physical violence during her adolescence, which the latter deny.

“We’re not talking about art, we’re talking about child crime”

Judith Godrèche “said such simple things. She said: “I was a child. You saw everything and no one said anything, no one reached out to me,” recalls Rachida Dati. “It’s not a reality that I’m discovering today. It’s not for nothing that I became a magistrate. I believe in justice. These crimes, when they are not prescribed, which is unfortunately often the case, must be punished,” the Minister of Culture further elaborates.

“Creative freedom is total but here we are not talking about art, we are talking about child crime. Having a sexual relationship with a minor under the age of 15 is a crime,” continues Rachida Dati, before concluding: “It is a profound questioning that is opening up for French cinema. »

The World with AFP


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