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"Emotional abuse and bullying do not occur only in the artistic environment and can permeate each and every human relationship." PHOTOGRAPHY: Colectivo Respeito Em Cena 
"Emotional abuse and bullying do not occur only in the artistic environment and can permeate each and every human relationship." Graphic: Colectivo Respeito Em Cena

"Respect in the scene": Latina women in film industry unite against gender violence

Another scourge suffered by women actresses and producers in the struggle for equality is invisible verbal violence.

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A campaign for all Latinas, Respeto en la escena, was born in Brazil to function as a mutual support group against the veiled patriarchal violence reproduced on film sets and in the power structures within the film industry.

Many are the moviegoers that tell funny anecdotes about directors that captured the tension of the outside and of their heads inside the film sets, or the method actors who drove their male and female partners crazy.

However, these displays of contempt are not as funny as they seem, but are part of a patriarchal system that has punished and repressed female directors and actresses.

This panorama of normalized abuses that went far beyond the professional sphere, marking the power dynamics both on and off the set. Add to that the avalanche of less veiled violence that has been uncovered during the #MeToo movement Brazil, the result is a bleak picture of male chauvinism.

According to El País, documentary filmmaker and director Luciana Sérvulo came to worse conclusions when she fell ill a year ago and recapitulated on all the difficulties and humiliations she had to face as a director: "I had no idea before how bad the silence was doing me, how it was destroying my physical health and my emotional health."

That is why she organized the collective, Respeito Em Cena, which already has all kinds of professional profiles, from actresses and creators to sociologists and lawyers from different countries such as Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Mexico.

Thanks to mental health professionals, their manifesto they clarifies how abuse manages to work, to make it clear how it goes beyond the physical and includes humiliations and verbal jokes that are just as harmful. It ends with in distortion of reality under macho patterns and in disrespectful treatment that all professional women have suffered.

In their detailed analysis, they also explain the importance of understanding that patterns of domestic abuse are not separate compartments, seeking to highlight the importance of taking care of the work environment as well, which of course includes the shoots they are involved:

"Emotional abuse and bullying do not occur only in the artistic environment and can permeate each and every human relationship. They originate in an unequal and perverse relationship of domination and misuse of power where artists are often subjected to pressure, manipulation, shame and humiliation, which can lead to mental confusion, fear, insecurity, feelings of helplessness and disability, low self-esteem, depression and panic syndrome."

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