Maïmouna Doucouré is following up 2020’s “Cuties,” her Paris-set portrait of a pre-teen Senegalese immigrant who joins a dance clique, with the story of a trailblazing dancer, singer, actor, and civil rights activist. Selection experiences that the French filmmaker will write and direct a Josephine Baker biopic being developed by StudioCanal.
An American-born French performer who was born in 1906 and died in 1975, Baker famously refused to carry out for segregated audiences in the US. “She labored as a undercover agent for the French Resistance throughout WWII, then supported Martin Luther King’s civil rights motion, talking at his aspect throughout his 1963 March on Washington,” the supply particulars. The “J’ai deux amours” singer made historical past as the primary Black lady to star in a function movie with 1927 silent movie “La Sirène des Tropiques.”
Doucouré’s movie has the approval of Baker’s sons, Jean-Claude Bouillon Baker and Brian Bouillon Baker, and “the Rainbow Tribe, which is what she dubbed her adopted youngsters,” the supply particulars.
“We’re honored to associate with StudioCanal and collaborate with Maïmouna on this function movie in regards to the unimaginable and humanist achievements of our mom,” stated Baker’s sons and the Rainbow Tribe, who described their mom as a “common artist.” They added, “Sure she might. And she or he did. Thanks, Mum.”
Doucouré commented, “Josephine Baker is such an inspiration for me and so many individuals around the globe.” She described the undertaking as a “large honor and a good looking problem,” including that she couldn’t “wait to breathe new life into this unimaginable legend on display.” She emphasised, “To suppose that by way of fiction I can inform her nice and profoundly wealthy story, her magnificence, her fights, her wounds, and her humanity.”
“Cuties” made its world premiere at Sundance Movie Competition, the place Doucouré took dwelling the Directing Award within the World Cinema Dramatic class. The drama explores the sexualization of women and the social pressures they face.