Models Deliver Political Messages in Cannes | free press

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2023-05-28 12:53:18

Alina Baikowa takes a stand against the war on the red carpet. Iranian model Mahlagha Jaberi uses the stage in a similar way. The organizers were probably less well received.

The Ukrainian model Alina Baikowa took a stand against the war in her home country at the Cannes Film Festival.

She came to the premiere of Ken Loach’s drama “The Old Oak” in a T-shirt in the national colors of Ukraine with the inscription: “Fuck you Putin”. On Saturday she wrote about it on Instagram, she had been asked by the security staff at the premiere the day before to leave the carpet because the festival didn’t want to get political. She had to close her jacket to be allowed to stay.

“Accept the fact that we are a free and democratic country and do not want to be under their control! We will not stop until they leave us in peace!” she wrote, referring to the Russians and their war of aggression.

The film “The Old Oak” was screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. The focus is on a pub that is threatened with closure after the arrival of Syrian refugees without prior notice in the village.

Sign against executions

Iranian model Mahlagha Jaberi took a stand against executions in Iran with a memorable outfit in Cannes. She appeared at the premiere of the film “The Old Oak” in a dress whose straps hung around her neck like a noose.

The texture of the golden ribbon was also reminiscent of a rope. On Instagram Jaberi presented her dress with the words “Stop Executions in Iran”. She dedicated the outfit to the people of her homeland.

Human rights activists in Iran have been talking about a wave of executions for weeks. According to the UN, more than 200 people have already been executed this year. According to a report, the number of recorded executions in Iran rose from 314 in 2021 to 576 in 2022. The executions of two EU citizens had also sparked international criticism.

Just a few days ago, Iran’s judiciary had three other participants in the mass protests against the state leadership executed. This increased the number of death sentences against demonstrators to seven. Several other demonstrators are threatened with execution. (dpa)

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