French actresses cut their hair in solidarity with Iranian women
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A week after Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi urged artists to show support for protesters in Iran, French actress Juliette Binoche posted a video of herself and over 50 other French performers cutting off pieces of their hair in solidarity. Film critic Lisa Nesselson reminds us that French producers and distributors have been investing in Iranian filmmakers for decades, such as French-Iranian graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi, whose autobiographical film “Persepolis” was made in France.
We turn next to “The Woman King”, which tells the story of the Agojie, an all-female group of warriors formed to protect the 19th century Dahomey Kingdom in what is now Benin.
Lisa also tells us about the latest film from the acclaimed Dardenne brothers, about two young asylum seekers in Belgium. We also get a glimpse of Leopold Legrand’s “The Sixth Child”, about an illegal deal between a childless couple and a couple with one too many children.
Plus, on the fifth anniversary of the revelations that launched the #MeToo movement, we look at an upcoming film based on the investigation into allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein.