“I’m pretty encouraged right now,” said Redford during the festival’s opening press conference on Thursday afternoon. “What it’s doing is bringing forth more opportunities for women and more opportunities for women in film to have their voices heard and do their own projects.”
Redford said that the industry had been dominated by men, but he predicted that things are changing as women push back against harassment in the workplace and demand to be paid the same as their male counterparts.
“It’s changing the order of things so women have a stronger voice,” he said. “Now I think it’s more even handed. The role for women is to exercise their voices. The role for men is to listen and let women’s voices