Gender Inequality a Hot Topic at Women's Film Fest
Women in cinema are still relishing Kathryn Bigelow's best director win at the Oscars, but, at a women's film festival in Paris this week, admitted the challenges they face in the film industry cross the gender boundaries.
"Film directing is like leading an army", Dorothee Van Den Berghe said, "which is not what women are used to". She said she works "spontaneously" and shows she has doubts, which does not always go down well.
Directing can be a very peripatetic and precarious job, said Van Den Berghe, and "women may find it less easy to live with this uncertainty".
In Belgium Van Den Berghe notes a "growing conservatism" over the last ten years in young people's attitudes, more centred now on marriage, family and the home.