Monday, November 28

More than 70 Spanish artists cut their hair for the women of Iran

Maribel Verdú, Carla Simón, Emma Suárez, Penélope Cruz, Kira Miro, Carmen Maura, Paz Vega and Aitana Sánchez Gijón.

Penélope Cruz, Aitana Sánchez Gijón, Maribel Verdú, Carla Simón or Carmen Maura are some of the faces present in the video

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A couple of days ago, and shouting “For freedom!” French and Belgian singers, actresses and activists of the stature of Juliette Binoche, Jane Birkin, Isabelle Huppert, Marion Cotillard and Charlotte Gainsbourg released a video in which they appeared cutting locks of their hair in solidarity with Iranian women. They thus protested the death of the young Mahsa Amini, arrested on September 14, at the hands of the so-called Moral Police, for wearing, they argued, the hijab “badly placed”. As a result of the blows received, Amini ended up going into a coma that same day and losing his life two days later, on September 16.

In reality, with this gesture, that of cutting their hair in front of the camera of their mobile phones, the French artists did nothing more than replicate the movement that hundreds of Iranian women had launched days ago, in an act of courage through from which they demanded equal rights with men and personal freedom to decide if they want to wear a veil or not.

Now, this cry in images, full of anger and frustration, has been replicated by more than seventy Spanish artists belonging to the film and television industry. Penélope Cruz, Aitana Sánchez Gijón, Blanca Portillo, Maribel Verdú, Carla Simón or Carmen Maura are some of the actresses, directors and screenwriters who appear in these images sent to some media, which shook the networks yesterday.

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Without music and with the dry sound of scissors as the only soundtrack, performers such as Marta Etura, Emma Suárez, Ana Álvarez, Ariadna Gil, Ruth Gabriel, María Botto, María Valverde, Bárbara Goenaga, Alexandra Jiménez, Carmen Machi, Goya Toledo, Kira Miro, Irene Visedo, Adriana Ozores, Adelfa Calvo, Paz Vega, Aina Clotet, Pilar Castro, Amaia Salamanca or Petra Martínez and screenwriters and directors such as Arantxa Echevarría or Isabel Coixet, who cries out for ‘Freedom’, appear before the target with a serious face, grabbing a strand of hair, and cutting it without thinking. A small gesture to call for revolution.

In addition to the video, the artists sign a statement explaining that they cannot remain “impassive” in the face of what is happening in Iran at the moment. “After the death of Mahsa Amini, women and men are fighting in the streets of Iran to recover the most basic human rights. Their courage and dignity are an example and, although we know that it is just a gesture, we do not want to remain impassive and we join the protest. This fight for the freedom of women is being answered with dozens of deaths, arrests, abuses and violence”, they affirm in a text that concludes by assuring that “their fight is also ours”.

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