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Ted Sarandos Defends Controversial ‘Cuties’ Movie as "Misunderstood"


Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos has brushed off a Texas grand jury indictment of Cuties (Mignonnes), French director Maïmouna Doucouré's indie film that has generated controversy on the streaming platform for its depiction of prepubescent girls. "Frankly, I'm surprised there hasn't been more discussion about the First Amendment implications of this film.

It's a film I would argue is very misunderstood with some audiences, uniquely in the United States," Sarandos told a MIPCOM Online+ keynote address on Monday.

Cuties, helmed by Doucouré in her feature directorial debut, is a coming-of-age story about an 11-year-old girl from a traditional Muslim Senegalese family who tries to fit in by joining a group of young dancers who carry out sexualized.

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