Jessica Chastaing’s very poignant and powerful speech at the opening of the 20th ceremony of the Marrakesh International Film Festival

The November 24, 2023the International Film Festival of Marrakesh opened its doors under the chairmanship of the actress Jessica Chastaing, 46 years. A start where the ceremony paid tribute to the actor Mads Mikkelsen with the screening of the film Hitman. The jury awards the Golden Star to one of the 14 first and second feature films in the competition, which is dedicated to discovering filmmakers from around the world. With Jessica ChastaingIn the jury we find the French actress Camille CottinAustralian actor Joel Edgertonthe British director Joanna Hoggthe American director Dee Reesthe Swedish-Egyptian director Tarek Salehthe Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgard and the French-Moroccan writer Leila Slimani. Jessica Chastaing took advantage of the opening of the festival to give a very powerful speech, which you can find written down below (The interview will be passed on particularly in the Brut media):

“The world we live in is broken and divided. Politics affects our lives in one way or another. But politicians are not inclined to sort things out on their own. A little encouragement can have a big impact. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful and committed citizens can change the world. These words from Margaret Mead, a famous cultural anthropologist, give me hope for our future. Films can influence behaviors by breaking down barriers and sparking important conversations about difficult topics such as racial injustice, gender inequality and other important cultural issues. We can highlight the pain and suffering of so many people and raise awareness that we must care for everyone and unite to better protect everyone. We must live up to our responsibilities (…) When the breath of life captures our imagination, I encourage us all to take action. Take a brush, a musical instrument, a pen or a camera. We need art that holds power to account.”

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