Maïmouna Doucouré – Cuties-Mignonnes #Berlinale2020

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Debut feature by Maïmouna Doucouré wins a Special Mention in the Generation K Plus section at the 70th Berlinale and will soon land on Netflix.

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PODCAST | Chiara Nicoletti interviews Maïmouna Doucouré, director of the film Cuties-Mignonnes.

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With her debut feature, Cuties – Mignonnes, she won Direct­ing Award: World Cin­e­ma Dra­mat­ic at the Sundance Film festival and now, Maïmouna Doucouré just got a Special Mention from the Generation KPlus Jury at the 70th Berlinale. The film, a coming of age story about a 11 years old girl named Amy, explores the difficult search for an identity of a soon-to-be woman, living a conflicting combination between traditions and possible futures. Becoming a woman nowadays brings along a very complicated question: What kind of women do we want to be in a new world where we’re trying to fight all the cultural impositions standing between us and a real gender equality? Maïmouna Doucouré tries to analyze the possible answers with Cuties.

Cuties-Mignonnes: Am I still a girl or already a woman? And if I’m a woman, what kind do I want to be? Eleven-year-old Amy lacks the words to express these questions, and she doesn’t have any quick answers to them either. The conflicts in Amy’s life reflect the contradictory positions that she perceives in her surroundings: there’s her conservative, polygamous, Senegalese extended family , freshly resettled in Paris, and then there are her peers at school, practicing for a dance-off. Together they hope to hold their own against the older girls, imitating moves from music videos and performing stereotypical poses without any awareness yet for what they represent. Amy’s attempt to navigate both worlds leads to tension and disappointment while requiring constant transformation on her part.

To discover more about the film, click here.


  • Reporter
    Chiara Nicoletti
  • Guest
    Maïmouna Doucouré
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    Cuties - Mignonnes
  • Festival section
    Generation Kplus
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