Maïmouna Doucouré - Updated Jun 2024

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Maïmouna Doucouré

Maïmouna Doucouré is a screenwriter and filmmaker from France. Moreover, Maïmouna Doucouré is popular for directing the film ‘Cuties,’ released in 2020, and became a controversial figure globally after the film’s international release on Netflix.

Early Life and Education

Maïmouna Doucouré was born in Paris, France, in 1985. According to her birth date, she is 39 years old and holds French-Senegalese nationality.

In addition, she is of African-European ethnicity and her descent is Senegalese. Moreover, her parents are from Senegal.

She grew up with two mothers in a polygamous home. Moreover, she used to spend her vacations in Senegal with her grandma.

Aside from this, there is no more information regarding her exact birth date, zodiac sign, parents, siblings, and childhood life. We may assume that she was well raised as a child by her parents.

Talking about her academic life, she completed her graduation with a license in biology from Pierre and Marie Curie University.


Doucoure short film ‘Maman’ won the Cesar Award for Best Short Film with Alice Diop’s Towards Tenderness at the 42nd Cesar Awards.

She received the Academy Gold Fellowship for Women from the Academy Women’s Initiative on March 8, 2019, on International Women’s Day.

Moreover, her first feature film ‘Cuties’ won the Sundance Global Filmmaking Award. Further, her film also earns the Jury Award for Directing.

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Caption: Maimouna Doucoure posing for a photo with her CESAR award (

Maïmouna Doucouré – Net Worth 2024

As an award-winning director, she has earned a decent sum of money in her professional career. Moreover, her net worth is estimated at around $600,000 and she has not disclosed her income and salary in public.

Relationship Status

Maimouna Doucore’s personal information is unknown. She has kept her personal life private. Her first feature film ‘Cuties’ was a part of controversial with the release of a promotional poster by Netflix.

The outrage on social media ended with 20,000 signatures in less than 24 hours on a petition stating it “sexualizes an 11-year-old for the viewing pleasure of pedophiles.”

She gets specifically targeted, receiving many death threats, even though both the filmmaker and Netflix stated that she had never seen the promotional poster in question and that any promotion of child sexualization is not intended nor an appropriate portrayal of the film.

Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos apologized to Doucouré, and the poster was removed from the platform.

Body Measurements

Maïmouna Doucouré has dark brown eyes and black hair color. Aside from that, there is no more information regarding her height, weight, bra size, dress size, and many more.

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Caption: Maïmouna Doucouré body measurement (Source:

Career and Professional Life

Maïmouna Doucouré’s debut short film, Hide-and-seek, releases in 2013. In 2015, she released her second short film, Maman(s). Her own childhood experiences with polygamy inspired the film.

The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 and the Sundance Film Festival in 2016.

Feature film ‘Cuties’

Her debut feature film, Cuties, was written by her in early 2017.

Doucoure’s story as a refugee girl, a traditional Senegalese Muslim girl trapped and torn between two different fortunes, traditional morals, and internet culture, while also speaking about the hypersexualization of pre-adolescent females, was the inspiration for the film.

Additionally, she directed the film, which premiered on January 23, 2020, in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section of the Sundance Film Festival.

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Caption: Maïmouna Doucouré speaking at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival (Source: Ze-AfricaNews)

On February 22, 2020, the film premiered at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival. Additionally, the film releases on Netflix on September 9, 2020.

In addition, its trailer was released on August 18, 2020, and it made significant internet criticism, primarily for the film’s portrayal of children, and sexualization.

Around 20,000 people signed a petition asking Netflix to cancel the film’s distribution.

Maïmouna Doucouré – Social Media

On her Instagram page, there are more than 24.7k followers. Besides that, this film director is not active on Facebook or Twitter.