Hollywood star Halle Berry, at the event, spoke about how she taught her son and actress her ex-husband Oliver Martinez to respect the power of women.
According to E! News, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on Saturday (local time) hosted a ‘Women Breaking Barriers: An Industry Shift’ forum as part of the Sundance Film Festival, which is taking place due to the coronavirus, which takes place around this year.
The event, hosted by HFPA members Elisabeth Sereda and Silvia Bizio, was attended by Berry and Andra Day, Robin Wright, Sia and Zendaya in a discussion on how women, especially women of color, are fighting for equality in Hollywood in the wake of major social movements like #MeToo and Black Lives Matter.
During the interview, Wright pointed out that in the end, he wanted women to no longer have to “fight for a decent position” and that would only come with education.
As Wright explained, “[Men] need to change their mind. And that they need to change their minds. That’s all they know. What a wonderful opportunity for the new generation, today’s children, to be able to teach when they are 3, 4, 5 years old. “Not in the way we grew up.”
As reported by E! News, Berry, who made his direction debut with the MMA drama ‘Bruised’, last year shown as a work in progress at the Toronto Film Festival and sold on Netflix, spoke about how he taught his son-in-law son-in-law Oliver Martinez to respect women’s power.
The Oscar winner explained, “I have a 7-year-old son, and I’ve seen what my job is to raise him. If we want to have a different future, that’s where it starts. It made me think of how many conversations I’ve had with him, he says, since he was five years old, about and the diversity of boys and girls, and I can see how you are taught to feel that you are, at least five years old, better than girls. “
Berry added, “I had to break that down and give him a new perspective, and refute those ideas and ask him to see where that came from, and if he believes that or does not contradict what he finds out unknowingly. Somewhere.”
“I can say that because we have those conversations. He will grow up to be a very thoughtful person. He is determined not to accept it. I always challenge him.”
Fortunately, it sounds like things are progressing in a new generation – at least according to star and ‘Euphoria’ co-ordinator Zendaya, who is 24 years old and is the youngest woman to participate in the panel.
According to E! News, Emmy-winning actress Zendaya, who starred in and produced the new Netflix film ‘Malcolm and Marie’, told the women, “I was lucky enough to work with men who respected my strengths, and encouraged me so, that was Sam [Levinson] and obviously John [ David Washington] .I have been fortunate to have such an interactive and open experience in what the world should look like. “
But he made sure to compliment the women before him, adding, “If it weren’t for the women before me, I wouldn’t be in this position.”