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Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic

Eleven-year-old Amy lives with her mom, Mariam, and younger brother, awaiting her father to rejoin the family from Senegal. Amy is fascinated by disobedient neighbor Angelica’s free-spirited dance clique, a group that stands in sharp contrast to stoic Mariam’s deeply held traditional values. Undeterred by the girls’ initial brutal dismissal and eager to escape her family’s simmering dysfunction, Amy, through an ignited awareness of her burgeoning femininity, propels the group to enthusiastically embrace an increasingly sensual dance routine, sparking the girls’ hope to twerk their way to stardom at a local dance contest.

With a keen eye for and an understanding of adolescent behavior, Maïmouna Doucouré—whose short film Maman(s) won the Short Film International Fiction Jury Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival—focuses tightly on her rowdy protagonists, crafting a spirited film that nimbly depicts the tweens’ youthful energy and vulnerabilities while exploring their fumbling eagerness to be identified as sexualized. Fathia Youssouf captivates as Amy, shifting like a chameleon between the different identities her character is juggling and deftly anchoring the film’s immensely watchable, vivacious young cast.

Closed captioning is available for this film.

YEAR 2019

CATEGORY World Cinema Dramatic Competition

COUNTRY France

RUN TIME 96 min

LANGUAGE French

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY Netflix

WEBSITE https://www.netflix.com/

EMAIL sundance2020requests@netflix.com

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Artist Bio

Maïmouna Doucouré

After studying biology, Doucouré took her first professional steps as a filmmaker with her short film Maman(s), selected in nearly 200 festivals and winner of more than 60 awards in festivals around the globe, including the International Fiction Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival, Best Short Film at the Toronto International Film Festival, and the 2017 César Award for Best Short Film. In 2019, Doucouré was granted the Academy Gold Fellowship for Women.