The Collective 5050 facing a major and unprecedented crisis – Actus Ciné

The Collectif 5050 association, whose aim is to promote parity and inclusion in cinema and audiovisual, is facing a major crisis. A member of its board of directors was dismissed, six others resigned.

The collective 5050 facing a major and unprecedented crisis - actus ciné
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the Collective 50/50, an association created in 2018, to promote equality, parity, and inclusion in the world of cinema and audiovisual, is facing a major crisis. An extraordinary general assembly will be organized soon in order to proceed with the election of new members of the board of directors.

This crisis follows a complaint of sexual assault. In a letter addressed to the members, the board of directors gives details:

The context is as follows: a dinner was organized at the initiative of the board of directors of the collective for its members, at the home of a director and brought together around twenty people, on March 11, 2022. At the end of this dinner, a complaint for sexual assault was filed by a guest, against an administrator of the collective. The services of the Paris prosecutor’s office are in charge of the file.

to act, unanimously, of the immediate withdrawal of the administrator in question as well as of all her activities within the Collective

And to add:It seems important to us to specify that at this stage the complainant does not wish to speak publicly, and that the person in question strongly disputes the facts. This event aroused great emotion among all members of the Board of Directors. The next day, it met to record, unanimously, the immediate withdrawal of the administrator in question as well as all her activities within the Collective. At the same time, the council solemnly informed the complainant of its solidarity.”

The action to be taken following this complaint caused strong tensions and disagreements within the Collective. “While all the members of the Board of Directors agreed that it was necessary to work with transparency, significant disagreements between the members of the Board nevertheless emerged on the analysis, and the consequences to be drawn from this situation.”

Faced with disagreements, six board members tendered their resignations

Some of the members have pleaded for a collective resignation from the board., continue the members of the Collective in this letter. “A majority of the members considered, on the contrary, that it was necessary for the members wishing to do so to continue their mandate in order to face up collectively and responsibly, to organize clarity on this situation, and first of all vis-à-vis the members, while by ensuring the work of the collective until the next elections.”

“It is in this context that six of the members of the board of directors finally presented their resignation. The majority of the board therefore considered it necessary to work internally in order to make a diagnosis and act accordingly, in particular by drawing up rules of procedure which our association lacks to date. (…). The Board of Directors measures how fundamental it is to pursue a collective reflection, in frankness and contradictory and respectful debate, as well as the importance of taking all the measures that will appear necessary..”

An extraordinary general meeting is to be held soon.during which (the collective may) continue (the) exchanges and elect new members of the board of directors“.

The Collectif 5050 has, since its creation, led many actions, in favor of parity, diversity and inclusion in cinema and audiovisual. Their action was notably symbolized by the famous stair climb from May 12, 2018, with 82 actresses and directors. This figure presents the number of films in official competition directed by a woman since the 1st edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

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