Filmmaker Dene from Canada was removed by security at the red carpet event at the festival for several days for wearing traditional moccasins.
Indigenous filmmaker Kelvin Redvers denied red carpet entry at 75th Cannes Film Festival because he’s wearing traditional moccasins.
The director is a member of the Dene Indigenous community and grew up in the Northwest Territories of Canada.
“I 100% came out expecting this to be in the realm of things they [would] allow,” said Redvers Canadian media agency Global News.
Filmmaker Dene says moccasins are a “big part of our culture”.
“They’re ceremonial, they can be quite special, so if you’re going to have a kilo allowed for a Scottish person, the equivalent would be a pair of moccasins for a Dene.”
The director traveled to France with a delegation of local filmmakers and was invited to the premiere of Les Amandiers by French-Italian actor Valeria Bruni Tedeschi on May 22.
However, festival security officials banned him from being on the red carpet, Redvers told several major Canadian news outlets. He was only allowed to return after he had changed his shoes.
Within hours of the incident, the filmmaker said he met with top film festival officials to apologize and invite him to wear moccasins on the red carpet during a showcase of Crimes of the Future. by David Cronenberg last Monday.
“This is a really tough experience to go through. When it happened, I really couldn’t fully process it,” he posted on FacebookNotice that the traditional shoes he is wearing are made by his sister.
“I hope things change in the future so it’s pretty normal to wear these. The world needs more moccasins.”