French cinema group, UniFrance condemns the “violent reaction” online and on social media to Netflix film Cuties and has thrown its support behind the movie’s director, Maïmouna Doucouré.
They also released a memo to the French industry said, it “offers its full support” to Doucouré and the film’s French producers, who have come under attack from online trolls who accuse the director, Netflix, and anyone connected with the movie, of hyper-sexualizing prepubescent girls.
It further said, “Over the past several weeks, we have been closely following the exceptionally violent reaction to the film in the United States, during a presidential election campaign in full swing. In this context, UniFrance and all of its members wish to pledge their full support to Maïmouna Doucouré and to reaffirm their commitment to supporting the freedom of artistic creation and expression. This is because one of the great strengths of cinema is its capacity to reach beyond borders and boundaries, and to offer a critical and constructive viewpoint on the world and the excesses of today’s societies.”
Doucouré defended the film on the panel and said, Cuties is meant to “sound the alarm” that we need “to protect our children.”
Thye Netflix then decided to release the film worldwide.After facing the online reaction against the film, the streamer tweeted , “We’re deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork that we used for Mignonnes/Cuties. It was not OK, nor was it representative of this French film which won an award at Sundance. We’ve now updated the pictures and description,”
The film was also premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and Doucouré won the Dramatic Directing Award in the World Cinema section.