He was wearing traditional moccasins, indigenous filmmaker Kelvin Redvers was denied admission to the red carpet at the 75th Cannes Film Festival.
The director grew raised in Canada’s Northwest Territories as a member of the Dene Indigenous community.
“I 100 percent showed up expecting that this was within the realm of the things they [would] allow,” Redvers told.
His moccasins were a huge part of his culture.
“They’re ceremonial, they can be quite special, so if you are going to have a kilt allowed for someone who is Scottish, the equivalent would be a pair of moccasins for someone who is Dene.”
The director was invited to the screening of Les Amandiers by French-Italian actress Valeria Bruni Tedeschi on May 22 as part of a group of Indigenous filmmakers in France.
Security officers at the festival, on the other hand, denied him access to the red carpet, according to Redvers.
He spoke to several major Canadian news sites.
He was only permitted to return after removing his shoes.
The filmmaker said he spoke with top festival organizers within hours of the incident, who apologized and encouraged him to wear moccasins on the red carpet at the screening of David Cronenberg’s Crimes of the Future on Monday.
“This was a really tough experience to live through. When it happened I really honestly couldn’t fully process it,” he posted.
“I do hope things change in the future so wearing these is quite normal. The world needs more moccasins.”