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Now attending the 71st Cannes Film Festival as a brand ambassador for a liquor brand, Huma spoke about the #MeToo movement, freedom of expression and the situation of women in India, besides her own journey.

The Cannes Film Festival runs from May 8 to May 19.

According to Vanity Fair, the organisers' aim is to highlight the hurdles faced by women to climb the social and professional ladder in the film industry.

"As women, we all face our own unique challenges, but we stand together on these stairs today as a symbol of our determination and commitment to progress", read part of the statement.

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In another nod to modernity, there are five USB slots around the cabin, along with wireless charging for smartphones in the front. A key feature of the Cullinan ride is called the "Magic Carpet Ride" which Rolls-Royce takes off-road for the first time.

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The burst happened in Solai, Nakuru county, 190 kilometres north-west of the capital, Nairobi , late on Wednesday (local time). Last week, at least 12 people were killed when a building collapsed during torrential rains in Nairobi .

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Huddersfield cancelled their flight home to Yorkshire and instead returned by coach so they could celebrate into the night. Jonas Lossl then made a stunning save seven minutes from the end to turn Andreas Christensen's header onto a post.

The other two - Nadine Labaki's "Capernaum", and Alice Rohrwacher's "Happy as Lazzaro" - are to premiere next week. 82 women from the film industry walk the red carpet to represent the limited number of female filmmakers who have been selected for the festival's competition lineup over its 71 years. Jane Campion is the only female filmmaker to ever win the Palme.

The activism will continue on Monday at an event on the beach where the women will ask Fremaux as well as the artistic directors of the Directors' Fortnight and Cannes Critics' Week sidebars to the festival to sign a programming pledge for parity and inclusion at Cannes going forward.

This year, the jury at Cannes is headed by actor Cate Blanchett, who expressed zero tolerance for sexual harassment or abuse during the festival. But he's also signaled that the festival is reanalyzing its procedures and making its selection committees gender-balanced.


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