Ahead of the premiere of abortion documentary “Let It be Law (Que Sea Ley)” from Argentine director Juan Solanas at Cannes, 60 women gathered to protest the anti-abortion laws across the world.
The women from Argentina waved green flags and signs (green is the colour of the pro-choice movement in Argentina). The protest was against a rejection of a law in Argentina to legalize abortion but is very similar to what the United States is currently facing.
Organizers who spoke with The Hollywood Reporter said that they are protesting all abortion bills, not just in their home country.
“In the U.S. what is happening now is part of a kind of global reaction to women’s rights,” Solanas said. “I feel like little by little we are moving towards equality between men and women, and this is a pushback, a last reaction.”
Four U.S states have recently put a ban on early pregnancy abortions. A law that many celebs have spoken out about.
Solanas’ film features a number of women telling their story straight to the camera. “The movie started with the desire to help in a teeny tiny, small way to make it happen, so having the film here, which is the most covered event in the world that’s not bad for a movie. It’s already had a huge impact in Argentina. Thanks to Cannes, we have put the abortion topic right on the top of the news again,” he added.
“For me there is nothing more powerful than the truth. My hope is that the international attention will spread the message of the movie.”