The Chanel-sponsored the Academy Museum of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Women’s Luncheon in Los Angeles received a new sense of urgency on Wednesday when Iranian-born actress and activist Nazanin Boniadi took the stage in front of Hollywood’s female filmmaking community to speak about the fight for women’s rights in her native country.
The ‘Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ and ‘Homeland’ star’s voice cracked as he described the recent deadly protests against the Islamic Republic and its religious morality police.
“Woman, life, freedom. For two months, this has been the battle cry for what has become the first women-led revolution of our time,” Boniadi said. “Women took to the streets and not only took off and waved their headscarves, but also set them on fire and cut their hair in protest. Despite threats of being beaten, raped, imprisoned or even killed, schoolgirls take off their compulsory headgear…”
The compulsory hijab has become a symbol of Iranian women’s struggles, she said, drawing attention to the 15,000 protesters arrested and hundreds killed since the suspicious death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody. sparking protests.
“Our battles cannot be won without paying attention to theirs because Iranian women have brought about a paradigm shift,” she continued. “Artists have a unique ability to reach the masses and influence change, which is perhaps why the silence of artists has become a hallmark of oppressive states like the Islamic Republic. We owe it to our Iranian counterparts to support them in their fight for their most basic human rights. »
She received a standing ovation from the crowd, which included Oscar-winning director Chloe Zhao, Oscar-winning costume designer Ruth E. CarterOscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin, Tessa Thompson, Claire Foy, Lucy Boynton, Zar Amir-Ebrahimi and many more.
The event took place at the Academy Museum to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Academy Gold Fellowship for Women, an annual program supporting two emerging filmmakers with mentorships and prizes of $35,000 domestically and 20,000 euros internationally.
“We are always late. Look at the statistics, this year was worse than last year. Women aren’t behind the camera as much as they should be,” Academy President Janet Yang said. “I’m standing next to Chloe Zhao, and luckily there are some who are powerhouses, but there’s no fairness yet and we’re reminded of that all the time. I’m glad we do this every year. to celebrate and to remind us of the gap.
“There are still so few of us,” acknowledged “The Woman King” director Gina Maria Prince-Bythewood. “All film I did, there was one woman I had a conversation with to sympathize or just get some info – Patty Jenkins before my first big budget movie, Kasi Lemmons, Kathryn Bigelow… we want more of us to support each other.
Lunch was served on the museum’s terrace in sunny November Los Angeles, where Matlin introduced the two winners of the Academy’s Women’s Gold Scholarship, Karishma Dube and Oleksandra Kostina.
Dube was born and raised in New Delhi and is now based in New York. She is an alumnus of New York University’s graduate film program, and her film “Bittu” won a Student Academy Award in 2020.
“It allows me to stay home and create the stories I want to tell instead of desperately looking for work and wasting time,” she said earlier of what the scholarship means to her. . “It’s important that we are the authors of our own stories,” she added of the need for more female representation in the industry.
ChanelThe Academy’s fellowship supporting role is just one of the many filmmaking initiatives he is involved in around the world. The French luxury brand whose namesake was a costume designer for a short period in Hollywood, sponsors the Diner des Révélations des Césars, the Deauville American Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival; programming at the Toronto Film Festival, the First International Film Festival in Xining, Mainland China, the Busan International Film Festival in Korea, the Museum of Modern Art film in New York and the Cinémathèque française in Paris.
Luncheon guests reveled in their Chanel looks, from Zhao’s quilted black leather pantsuit that she likened to “armor,” to Thompson’s two — two — Chanel handbags.
Claire Foy arrived with Dede Gardner, producer of her latest film “Women Talking”. Queen “The Crown” wore a white linen jumpsuit and held a tiny Chanel bag.
What was she holding inside? “My room key, makeup and this cute little Chanel mirror,” she said, holding it up. No phone? No. “It’s a very luxurious bag.”