Cuties, which earned Doucouré the award for best director at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in January, centres around 11-year-old Amy (Fathia Youssouf), who feels torn between two cultures. On one hand, there’s her conservative Senegalese Muslim family, who expect her to respect tradition and her place as a young woman. Amy watches as the news that her father has taken a second wife causes her mother Mariam (Maïmouna Gueye) to silently break down, caught between cultural norms and her personal feelings, and wonders what that might mean for her future. On the other, there’s the allure of her French schoolmates, specifically the cliquey dance crew known as Les Mignonnes (The Cuties, hence the title). Angelica (Medina El Aidi), Jess (Ilanah Cami-Goursolas) Yasmine (Myriam Hamma), and Coumba (Esther Gohourou) appear to have the freedom and control Amy so desperately craves. So when they find themselves in need of another dancer to compete in a twerk competition, she volunteers, and realises that the grass isn’t always greener.