Berlin: European Film Industry Launches Speak Up Campaign to Combat Harassment

Malgoska Szumowska - H 2013

Kicking off at the Berlin Film Festival Saturday, it will focus on ending sexual harassment and abuse, both in the workplace and at markets and festivals.

Taking its lead from the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, the European film industry will launch its own campaign to combat sexual harassment and abuse.

Called Speak Up, the campaign will launch at the Berlin Film Festival on Saturday.

In a statement, the group said it was “inspired by the women and men everywhere, who have been shining a light on harrowing experiences of sexual harassment and abuse.” Speak Up, they said, hoped to “offer a clear lead in ensuring such behavior is not tolerated in the work environment, whether in offices or at external events, such as markets and festivals.”

Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska, whose latest, Mug, is screening in competition in Berlin, will introduce the campaign on Saturday as part of a seminar, “Closing the Gap,” which will look at efforts to achieve gender parity among directors working in the European industry.