They both have red carpets and screen films – but that’s where the similarities end.
As Hollywood stars in designer outfits strutted their stuff amid the glamorous setting of Cannes, a film festival was also taking place in Gaza City.
Like its French counter-part the Karama-Gaza Human Rights Film Festival also had a red carpet, but this one ran through the city’s ruins, a legacy of last year’s brutal war with Israel.
It showed a number of short films on a large screen on the wall of a destroyed house in el-Shuja’ia neighborhood.
Organiser Saud Aburamadan revealed that everyone who attended was invited to walk down the red carpet that snaked through the rubble.