Solidarity for women in Iran: Juliette Binoche and Co. part with their hair

Solidarity with women in Iran
Juliette Binoche, Marion Cotillard and Jane Birkin cut their hair

Juliette Binoche is one of more than 50 stars in a protest video showing solidarity with women in Iran.

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In solidarity with women in Iran, Juliette Binoche and other French actresses cut their hair.

More than 50 French actresses and other stars have cut their hair in solidarity with the women currently demonstrating against repression in Iran. A video is circulating on social media in which actress Juliette Binoche (58) can be seen right at the beginning. “For freedom,” she says to the camera before cutting off almost half of her hair with scissors:

Shortly after, the actresses Marion Cotillard (47), Isabelle Adjani (67), Charlotte Gainsbourg (51) and Isabelle Huppert (69), who also grab the scissors, follow. The singers Jane Birkin (75) and Angèle (26) also sacrifice a strand of hair.

Protests after Mahsa Amini’s death

Meanwhile, a Persian version of the resistance song “Bella Ciao” by singer Gandom can be heard in the background. According to the credits, the action was launched by a French lawyer.

The video also tells the story of Mahsa Amini (2000-2022) in several small text passages, who was arrested by the moral police in Tehran on September 13 because her hijab did not completely cover her hair. She died in police custody three days later – what exactly happened is unclear. According to activists, the police are said to have used violence. She was only 22 years old.

Only a little later, protests started on the streets of Iran, for which more and more stars are campaigning. So did Angelina Jolie (47) at the end of September in an Instagram post expressed her respect for the “brave, defiant, fearless women of Iran”. She shared several photos of the demonstrations.

And hair cutting as a sign of solidarity is also setting a precedent: On Tuesday, the Swedish MEP Abir Al-Sahlani cut off her braid at the lectern of the European Parliament in Strasbourg with the words: “Women, life, freedom.” Before she said: ” Until Iran is free, our anger will outweigh the oppressors. Until Iranian women are free, we will stand by you.”

By the way: If you also want to cut your hair off, you can think about donating it to children with cancer:


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