2022 – An Indigenous producer says he was banned from walking the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival because he was wearing moccasins.

Kelvin Redvers speaks to Global News.

  • Kelvin Redvers said he was not allowed to walk the red carpet in Cannes in slippers.
  • The native Canadian told Variety he was turned away because of the traditional footwear.
  • A festival representative has apologized and invited the Redvers to another event, Global News reports.

Kelvin Redvers, an original Canadian film producer, said he was banned from walking the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival wearing traditional moccasins.

Speaking to Variety on Friday, Redvers said he was waiting in line for the world premiere of Valeria Bruni Tedeschi’s “Les Amandiers” on May 22 when security stopped him and denied him entry.

He said the festival’s security had a problem with the slipper boot, which is traditionally made of animal skin and worn by the indigenous people of Canada, according to Encyclopedia Canada. Redvers told Variety that his sister was wearing loafers.

“I was expecting that to be expected and normal,” Redvers said in a video uploaded to Global News’ YouTube channel on Sunday.

“After weeks of looking forward to bringing my culture to a red carpet event, it hurts and still hurts to say, ‘Come out, this is not welcome here’,” the Redvers told Global News.

According to Global News, the Toronto-based Indigenous Screen Office has filed a complaint on behalf of the Redvers. The next day, a representative from the Cannes Film Festival apologized and the Redvers were invited to perform at the festival, Global News reports.

Redvers told Global News that when he arrived in town wearing moccasins for the second time, he nearly walked away from him before a “senior” employee, who was aware of the situation, recognized him and let him in.

“This was my favorite part of the festival,” he told Global News.

Representatives for the Cannes Film Festival and the original Screen Bureau did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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