In pictures: Black actresses at Cannes stage anti-racism protest

Sixteen black actresses and co-authors of the book "Being Black Is Not My Job" in a moment of protest at the top of Cannes' Palais des Festivals steps. Their aim? To demand equality and inclusion for black women in cinema.

French actress Aïssa Maïga’s appearance at Cannes coincides with the release of "Being Black Is Not My Job", a book she co-wrote that exposes black actresses' experiences of sexism and racism in cinema.

American actress Milla Jovovich poses before the Cannes premiere of the South Korean film "Burning", which is in competition for this year’s Palme d'Or.

La Toya Jackson, the eldest sister of Michael and Janet, at the premiere of the film "Burning".

American dancer Mette Towley, famous for appearing in a music video for Rihanna and Pharrell Williams.

Hungarian model Barbara Palvin poses on the carpet before the premiere of "Burning".

A student leader during the May 1968 protests in France, French-German politician Daniel Cohn-Bendit (centre) was joined by fellow ‘68 student activist Romain Goupil, and his wife Ingrid Apel

A festival-goer heads up to the Palais des Festivals in the pouring rain.

South Korean director Lee Chang-dong, far right, and his cast pose before the screening of "Burning".

The cast from "The Dead and the Others", a Brazilian/Portuguese film presented in the Un Certain Regard category, held up placards denouncing a "genocide" of indigenous people in Brazil.

Italian director Matteo Garrone (second from right) poses alongside his cast before the screening of his Palme d'Or competing film "Dogman".

Italian director Roberto Benigni at the "Dogman" premiere. The director won the Grand Prix at 1998's Cannes for his film "Life Is Beautiful".