Words matter. These are the best Maimouna Doucoure Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
Cuties’ is universal, and it raises concerns that involve all world societies.
We’re used to saying that women in other cultures are oppressed, but the question that I had when making the film was: Isn’t the objectification of a woman’s body that we often see in Western culture another kind of oppression?
I would never judge another woman. For me, being a feminist means that even if we don’t agree on everything, we should fight for each woman to be free to choose who she wants to be.
We ask these young girls to grow up too fast. In the society where they grow up, they are asked to grow up too fast, and everything pushes them in that direction. The media creates pressure.
I want to say to this guy and everyone who thinks that femininity means you don’t have the power to think, to write, lead and create, women are capable of doing everything.
We need cinema to know each other and love each other.
Puberty is such a confusing time. You are still a child, with all that wonderful naivete and innocence, but your body is changing, and you’re self-conscious and curious about its impact on others all at the same time.
Love and self-esteem are constructed through likes and followers.
I lacked role models so badly when I was growing up.
My father is a street sweeper, my mother works in a shop.
What happens is young girls see images of women being objectified, and the more the woman becomes an object the more followers and likes she has – they see that as a role model and try to imitate these women, but they’re not old enough to know what they’re doing.
I was at a community event in Paris a few years ago when a group of young girls came on the stage dressed and dancing in a very risque way. They were only 11 years old, and their performance was shocking.
When young girls can get 400,000 likes by doing a sexy selfie… we have to offer them another way of being. To dream of being female astronauts, engineers or presidents.
I really wanted to show the suffering of women and particularly of children because, for me, we often forget to think about them and speak to them.
I’m a French director, but what’s important for me is that my stories have a universal message, whatever language they’re filmed in.
All my life, I have juggled two cultures: Senegalese and French.
When I was 10 and 11, my dream was to be a boy. I saw that there were so many injustices that women had to live with around me. I didn’t want to have that; I wanted to have the freedom that little boys had.
Television is a sort of mirror of society, but for me, I never saw my reflection in it. Which makes it quite difficult afterwards to open up all the imaginative possibilities.