An Indigenous Producer Was Turned Away From the Cannes Red Carpet For Wearing Moccasins
On Sunday, Indigenous film producer Kelvin Redvers (Dene) walked the red carpet for the premiere of Valeria
Bruni Tedeschi's Les Amandiers at the Cannes Film Festival in France.
The Vancouver-based Redvers, knowing the step and repeat at Cannes is always a paparazzi-filled spectacle
chose to show off and celebrate his own Indigenous culture by wearing a pair of traditional moccasins.
I wanted to wear a pair of moccasins that were beaded by my sister as an example of something formal for my culture, Redvers told Variety .
Security stopped Redvers at the red carpet, barred him from entering, and asked him to leave until he changed into his "regular" dress shoes.
For wearing the moccasins, made from moose hide and embellished with beautiful beadwork
The festival has turned away guests for failing to adhere to the event’s infamously-strict, but Dress codes, footwear choices are scrutinized at the festival.
There was a time when festival-goers were turned away from the event if they wore flats instead of heels.
In spite of stars like Julia Roberts and Kristen Stewart protesting it by walking barefoot on the carpet
the festival's dress shoe rules apparently still apply to cultural wear.
This is an outdated and at its worst, discriminatory approach. Redvers has since apologized.
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