At the Cannes Film Festival, Iranian model Mahlagha Jaberi used the big stage to make a political statement. She took a clear position against executions in her homeland.
Cannes – Time for a political statement at the Cannes Film Festival (France): Iranian model Mahlagha Jaberi has taken a stand against executions in her homeland with a memorable outfit. At the premiere of the film "The Old Oak" she appeared with a dress, the straps of which were like a noose around her neck. In addition, the texture of the golden ribbon was reminiscent of a knit.
"Stop executions in Iran": Model Mahlagha Jaberi makes a political statement at the Cannes Film Festival
Jaberi presented her dress for the Cannes Film Festival on Instagram with the words "Stop executions in Iran". The model would dedicate her outfit to the people in her home country. The corresponding video on the social media platform has already achieved over 115,000 views (as of May 28, 2023).
Jaberi wanted to draw attention to the extreme wave of executions in Iran with the dress of the Iranian fashion designer Jila Saber. According to estimates by the United Nations (UN), more than 200 people have already been executed this year. According to a report, the number of recorded executions in Iran rose from 314 in 2021 to 576 in 2022. The executions of two EU citizens had also triggered international criticism.
Model criticizes wave of executions in Iran with dress during Cannes Film Festival
Recently, the Iranian judiciary had three more participants in the mass protests against the state leadership executed. As a result, the number of death sentences carried out against demonstrators rose to seven, and several more demonstrators are threatened with execution.
With her dress, Mahlagha Jaberi, model from Iran, was supposed to set an example against the executions in her homeland during the Cannes Film Festival. © Loic Venance/dpa
The Iranian model with the special dress wants to draw attention to this wave of executions. Apart from this political note, the prestigious Cannes Film Festival has of course also produced several award winners. Among them is a Frenchwoman who is only the third woman to boast of the Palme d'Or. (han/dpa)