The Dene filmmaker from Canada was taken away by security during a red carpet event at the multi-day film festival for wearing traditional moccasins.
Aboriginal filmmaker Kelvin Redvers denied red carpet The 75th Cannes Film Festival Because he wears traditional moccasins.
The Director is a member of the Dene Aboriginal community and grew up in the Northwest Territories of Canada.
“I’m 100% expecting it to be within their reach when I show up [would] Allow,” Redvers told Canadian Media Global News.
Moccasins are “an important part of our culture,” says the Dene filmmaker.
“They’re ceremonial, they can be very special, so if you’re going to have a Scot in a kilt, it’s the equivalent of a pair of moccasins for the Dene.”
The director traveled to France with a delegation of Aboriginal filmmakers and was invited to the premiere of French-Italian actor Valeria Bruni Tedeschi on May 22.
However, festival security officials barred him from walking the red carpet, Redvers told several major Canadian news outlets. After changing his shoes, he was allowed to return.
Within hours of the incident, the filmmaker said he met with senior festival officials who apologized and apologized to David Cronenberg during the screening of David Cronenberg’s “Crimes of the Future” last Monday. Invite him to wear moccasins on the red carpet.
“It was a really tough experience. When it happened, I really couldn’t fully handle it,” he posted on facebooknoticed that the traditional shoes he was wearing were made by his sister.
“I do hope that will change in the future, so wearing these is normal. The world needs more moccasins.”