Maïmouna Doucouré, director of the critically-acclaimed French made film “Cuties,” has received death threats from people who are falsely claim she is promoting pedophilia in her film, which was released in the U.S. on Netflix on Sept. 9.
Doucouré told Deadline that she is against the hypersexualization of children, and is shocked by the social media outrage:
I received numerous attacks on my character from people who had not seen the film, who thought I was actually making a film that was apologetic about hypersexualiation of children I also received numerous death threats.
Much of the outrage has erupted over the movie poster (BELOW) created by white-owned Netflix for the U.S. market, which was not chosen by black film director who discovered it after the social media uproar:
Things happened fairly quickly because, after the delays, I was completely concentrating on the film’s release in France. I discovered the poster as the same time as the American public. My reaction? It was a strange experience.
I hadn’t seen the poster until after I started getting all these reactions on social media, direct messages from people, attacks on me. I didn’t understand what was going on. That was when I went and saw what the poster looked like.
That version is very different from the French movie poster.
Deadline describes what the film is about:
The truth of the movie, as has been well covered by reviews and audience reactions since its buzzy Sundance and Berlinale screenings, is that it is the nuanced, sensitive tale of a pre-teen girl who gets caught between two cultures – her conservative, religious upbringing and the pull of her liberal French school friends who are influenced by the internet and social media. That reality appears to have been lost in the storm, and the truth is very few of the people reacting so strongly will have actually seen the film.