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Fespaco: African cinema ending by #MeToo

Inspired by the #MeToo movement, two actresses, French Nadège Beausson-Diagne and Burkinabe Azata Soro, present at Fespaco Ouagadougou, allegedly urged African film makers of sexual harassment and attack them.

"It's time to talk – there's a fear to change side," said Nadège Beausson-Diagne, who is popular for her roles in the "Plus belle la vie" series movie "Bienvenue Chez les Chs". interview with AFP during the 26th Panafrican Ouagadougou Film Festival and Television Festival (Fespaco).

"#Metoo was in America, #Balancetonporc in France, in Africa, no-one has spoken yet, but not because it does not exist, it's everywhere, not just against an actor, but also directors, scriptwriters , technicians, who experience harassment, sexual assault, rape, "says the actor of 46 years.

By launching the #Memepaspeur movement, she wants to "release women's words" in Africa.

A 32-year-old actress and director, Azata Soro says she was attacked and imagined in 2017 by the director of Burkinabe, Tahirou Tassere Ouedraogo during the filming of a series, "The Throne", produced by Orange Studio, in a competition in Fespaco.

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Following an incident on the set, "he attacked me with a bottle of threat, said he was cheating my face," he said in tears.

He allegedly been sexually harassed for six years during a number of productions, asking him a "massage", insisting he slept with her.

In the trial about the aggression with the string bottle, Mr. Ouedraogo acknowledged the facts, asked for forgiveness, and was sentenced by the court to arrest a prison sentence, according to an AFP journalist present at the hearing. He had never paid any compensation to Ms. Soro, according to her.

"Tahirou is a monster," he said.

With AFP by phone, Mr Ouedraogo said to comment.

Without wishing to give a name, Nadège Beausson-Diagne explains that she had suffered harassment and aggression during two shooting in Africa, after becoming known in a film selected in Fespaco in 2001.

In the first production, in Burkina, "the producer has brought a number of great directors who turned me heavy". "They told me that they had the key to my hotel room, I did not sleep," says the actress, staggering sobs.

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When shooting another movie, which will be selected at the Cannes Film Festival, the director asked the maker maker: "Make Nadège sleep with me, or otherwise I'll shoot you."

"Before each case, it came to tell me + I love you + in the ear". "He offered me money, to settle in a house, to get children, to bring my mother, her pregnant daughter was present on the set."

Then the sexual assault occurred. "To go to reception, I was alone by car with him, at one time he turned to join a forest, and he started to touch me, I screamed, stopped."

"It was a long time ago, but the pain is still there, I invite young women to talk to rebuilding," says Beausson Diagne.

"I also invite" organizations "to grant these" "sexual predators, and only make movies to sleep with young women," he said.

After launching at the end of 2017, Moving Liberation Word Women's #MeToo, which is #Balancetonporc equivalent in France, has triggered worlds of film, fashion, media and politics, leading to a lack of many personality.

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