HOLLYWOOD.- About 200 men and women, including Hollywood stars, gathered on Saturday outside the Toronto International Film Festival to demand equal pay and respect for women working in this sector.
"Women, rock!" Shouted the protesters during the march, amid growing calls for the industry to make more stories led by women and allocate substantial roles for them, part of the wake of the #MeToo movement, brought publicly exposed by the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
Addressing the crowd, "Thelma and Louise" star, Geena Davis, spoke of the need to start early to eliminate gender bias, for example, by making sure there are more female characters on television shows and children's movies.
The actress said she began to push for this to happen because she felt the need for her own daughter to have role models.
"Why do we teach the children something that we work so hard to undo later on? Why are we training them to have an unconscious gender bias from the beginning, when we know it is so difficult, then, to get rid of it? "He said.
Actresses Amanda Brugel, from the film "The Room" and the series The Handmaid's Tale, and Mia Kirshner, co-founder of the campaign #AfterMeToo, were also present, asking people in the film industry to support women's voices .
"It's about everyone coming together and recognizing a culture that is unhealthy and toxic and does not help anyone," Callum Middleton, a 23-year-old Vancouver waiter who participated, told AFP.
"When we all take care of each other and create a respectful environment for everyone, everyone can have a safe workplace," he said.
Previously, Cameron Bailey, head of the Toronto International Film Festival, reiterated TIFF's commitment to gender parity in the industry.
The proportion of women's films projected in the TIFF this year was 35%, a little more than in 2017.
There were also 136 female protagonists. The festival also established a direct line for staff, volunteers, guests and members of the audience, and placed posters in the places highlighting their zero tolerance for harassment or abuse. .


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