MeToo in cinema: what to expect from the parliamentary inquiry into sexual violence?

A commission of inquiry into violence in cinema, audiovisual, advertising, the fashion industry, and live entertainment was voted unanimously by deputies on Thursday May 2.

MeToo in cinema: what to expect from the parliamentary inquiry into sexual violence?

A commission of inquiry into violence in cinema, audiovisual, advertising, the fashion industry, and live entertainment was voted unanimously by deputies on Thursday May 2.

“I speak but I can’t hear you.” More than two months after Judith Godrèche's speech at the Césars, the actress's fight has been heard. A commission of inquiry into sexual violence in cinema, requested by the artist, was opened on Thursday May 2. Unanimously, the deputies voted for its creation with the aim of analyzing violence in cinema. However, it will be necessary to wait until May 13, the day of the mission's constitutive meeting, for the 30 parliamentarians who will participate in this mission to be brought together for the first time. “This commission must be carried out successfully. It was extremely moving to hear these words in a place where laws are made, while there is an absence of law on filming,” reacted Judith Godrèche after the vote.

What will its objectives be? On the one hand, it will be a question of understanding which mechanisms and which shortcomings open the way to abuse. On the other hand, the commission will have to propose legislative measures. The cinema sector is not the only one concerned. The audiovisual sector, advertising, the fashion industry, and live performance are also in the sights of this parliamentary mission. “It’s time to stop rolling out the red carpet for the aggressors,” defends environmentalist MP Francesca Pasquini, at the origin of the proposal.

Auditions are scheduled to begin on May 20. Benoît Jacquot and Jacques Doillon, targeted by complaints for sexual and physical violence, could be heard, but these two legal cases cannot be commented on with parliamentarians. “We are not the prosecutors, even less the judges,” said Francesca Pasquini.

The commission's conclusions should be known in six months.

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