Starring Fathia Youssouf as Amy, Médina El Aidi-Azouni as Angelica, Maïmouna Gueye as Mariam, Esther Gohourou as Coumba, Ilanah Cami-Goursolas as Jess, Myriam Hamma as Yasmine, Mbissine Therese Diop as the aunt
Directed by Maïmouna Doucouré
A huge, and as it turns out utterly misguided, debate has sprung up around this beautiful, sensitive depiction of an 11-year Senegalese black girl’s self-generated growth from childhood to maturity.
The film has been accused of ‘sexualizing’ children when in fact it does just the opposite. By showing the 11-year old protagonist Amy (the wonderful Fathia Youssouf) descend into premature adulthood the film actually crosses the line in pursuit of very uncomfortable questions regarding paedophilic reality shows where young children are exposed to a rampant voyeurism by judges (who should know better) giving points to girls for pouting and wriggling, thrusting and heaving imaginary bosoms.
So please don’t shoot the messenger.
“Sensitive Cuties Is Just The Opposite Of What It’s Accused Of Doing” – A Subhash K Jha Review