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Inspired by #MeToo, FESPACO film festival actresses call out sexual harassment

In Burkina Faso, FESPACO, Africa’s top film festival, is drawing to a close. More than 160 films were shown at the event, which showcases talent from across the continent. During the festival, actresses and directors inspired by the #MeToo movement also spoke out about sexual harassment in the film industry. French actress Nadège Beausson-Diagne broke a taboo on Thursday when she told a round table at the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou, that an African director had tried to rape her 18 years ago. “There was #MeToo in America, #Balancetonporc [Squeal on your pig] in France; in Africa, no one has spoken about it yet, but that is not because it doesn’t exist,” said Beausson-Diagne, who is of Ivorian descent. A new platform was created to help victims plus a hashtag, #Memepaspeur, or “not even scared”.

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