October 4, 2022
'It stings': Dene filmmaker turned away from Cannes red carpet over moccasins

A Vancouver-based Indigenous film producer says he was treated like he was “trying to steal something” after being turned away from a red carpet event at the Cannes Film Festival because he was wearing a pair of traditional moccasins.

Kelvin Redvers, a member of the Dene Nation from the North West Territories, was at the festival with a group of six Indigenous filmmakers in a business program at Capilino University, with the backing of the Indigenous Screen Office and Telefilm.

On Sunday, he was invited Sunday to a red carpet screening of Valeria Bruni Tedeschi’s Les Amandiers, where he planned to wear a formal black suit and bowtie, along with a pair of moccasins hand-made by his sister.

Redvers said that the team of mentors he was travelling with had explained that despite the festival’s ultra-strict dress code, there were allowances for cultural formalwear.

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