The Cuties controversy: Today’s school girls empowered or under pressure?

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    Why has Cuties struck a nerve? An award-winning film set in Paris’ working class suburbs about an 11-year old torn between the pressure to conform with her family and the pressure to be sexy seemed destined for an honorable run on the art house circuit. Then came outcry over Netflix’s poster campaign in the U.S. And even though the streaming giant pulled the ad and apologized, a #CancelNetflix campaign is still going strong with Republican lawmakers taking aim at the movie itself. We’ll ask why. The film director herself says the whole point of the movie is to illustrate how children put enormous pressure on themselves to be hip… and yes, sexy. Subscribe to France 24 now: http://f24.my/youtubeEN FRANCE 24 live news stream: all the latest news 24/7 http://f24.my/YTliveEN Visit our website: http://www.france24.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://f24.my/youtubeEN Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FRANCE24.English Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/France24_en

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    Cuties is a 2020 French coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Maïmouna Doucouré in her feature directorial debut. The film stars Fathia Youssouf, Médina El Aidi-Azouni, Esther Gohourou, Ilanah Cami-Goursolas and Maïmouna Gueye.

    It proved to be a controversial movie, with Netflix’s ads for the movie drawing ire from many commentators.

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