Meryl Streep has dismissed questions about the all-white panel at the Berlin Film Festival by telling reporters that “we’re all Africans really”.
Streep, who is heading the jury for the first time, said she was committed to equality and the inclusion of “all genders, race, ethnicities, religions”.
“This jury is evidence that at least women are included and in fact dominate this jury, and that’s an unusual situation in bodies of people who make decisions,” The Iron Lady actress said.
“So I think the Berlinale is ahead of the game.”
Asked by an Egyptian reporter whether she understood films from the Arab world and North Africa, Streep said that while she did not know much about the region, “I’ve played a lot of different people from a lot of different cultures”.