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An Open Letter to Cuties Director Maïmouna Doucouré from Female Filmmakers

On September 9th, we published Monica Castillo's four-star review of Maïmouna Doucouré's debut feature, "Cuties." Its unflinching portrayal of the sexual exploitation of children resulted in a backlash against the film from some viewers, many of whom had only seen a misleading and poorly judged poster that was swiftly replaced. Now an esteemed group of female directors have penned an open letter to Doucouré in a sign of solidarity. I, and my editors, stand in support of the rights of female filmmakers and reviewers, and are pleased to publish this important letter on our site.—Chaz Ebert

Chaz Ebert

Chaz is the CEO of several Ebert enterprises, including the President of The Ebert Company Ltd, and of Ebert Digital LLC, Publisher of, President of Ebert Productions and Chairman of the Board of The Roger and Chaz Ebert Foundation, and Co-Founder and Producer of Ebertfest, the film festival now in its 24th year.

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