Cotillard, Gainsbourg, Huppert: Solidarity with Iranian women: Stars cut their hair
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Cotillard, Gainsbourg, Huppert
Solidarity with Iranian women: stars cut their hair
10/05/2022, 4:12 PM
Demonstrations in Iran have been going on since mid-September. Many French stars, such as Juliette Binoche and Marion Cotillard, are now campaigning for Iranian women’s rights through social media. With a special promotion.
More than 50 French actresses and other celebrities have cut their hair in solidarity with the women who are currently demonstrating against repression in Iran. A video is circulating on social media in which actress Juliette Binoche can be seen from the start. “For freedom,” she tells the camera before cutting nearly half of her hair with a pair of scissors.
Shortly afterwards, the actresses Marion Cotillard, Isabelle Adjani, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Isabelle Huppert also take the scissors. The singers Jane Birkin and Angèle also sacrifice a lock of hair. Meanwhile, a Persian version of the resistance song “Bella Ciao” by singer Gandom is heard in the background. According to the credits, the action was started by a French lawyer.
Protests after the death of Masa Amini
The video also tells the story of Mahsa Amini (2000-2022) in several small text passages, who was arrested by the vice squad in Tehran on September 13 because her hijab did not completely cover her hair. She died in police custody three days later – what exactly happened is unclear. Critics accuse the morality police of using force. She was only 22 years old.
Moments later, protests began in the streets of Iran, for which more and more stars are campaigning. Angelina Jolie, for example, expressed her respect for the “brave, defiant, fearless women of Iran” in an Instagram post at the end of September. She shared several photos of the demonstrations.
The Iranian people, especially the women, are demonstrating at the risk of their lives. This people hopes only for access to the most basic freedoms. “These women, these men are asking for our support,” reads a caption accompanying a video on the Instagram account “soutienfemmesiran”. “It is impossible not to denounce this horrific repression over and over again. The number of dead and injured is already in the tens, including children. The arrests only add to the number of prisoners already illegally detained and all too is often tortured,” it continues.