The French Minister of Culture has Monday in a statement de Netflix-film Cuties defended. The film has been criticized for sexualizing young children. Roselyne Bachelot believes that the controversial images have been taken out of context and says that the film should actually contribute to a constructive debate.
Cuties tells the story of an 11-year-old Senegalese Muslim girl named Amy, who joins a group of young dancers who imitate the dance moves of pop stars.
The film, according to director Maimouna Doucouré, was made to “show the struggle of children who have to navigate between liberal Western culture and a more conservative culture at home”. However, the film was widely criticized this summer after Netflix published a movie poster showing the young girls taking on suggestive poses.
In the fierce criticism of the film Cuties the director is given an intention that is completely at odds with what her work is actually about “, it reads in the statement released by the minister together with Élisabeth Moreno, the French representative for gender equality.” The criticism is based on a series of images taken out of context from the film. “
The two also say they do not agree with people who call on Netflix to remove the film from the streaming platform. “This film must remain accessible to all audiences and nurture a peaceful debate based on an enlightened exploration of the work.”
In January, director Doucouré received the World Cinema Dramatic Directing Award at the Sundance Festival, after Cuties premiered there.