Calls for banning an Algerian dancer from entering her home country following her appearance in French pornographic film scenes
By Iqbal Tamimi
The 30 years old Algerian hip-hop dancer, Sofia Boutella, French, of Algerian origins caused a great deal of controversy and outrage on social networks among Algerians for participating in what has been described as pornographic filming scenes, for her role in “street dance 2”, which began to hit French Cinema mid-week.
Algerian Students and social networks activists demanded banning her film from being displayed in Algeria and called upon Algerians living in France to boycott her film because of what has been described as ‘an insult and an outraging lack of modesty’.
Sofia is the daughter of the composer and recognized choreographer Safy Boutella, who was behind the success of Cheb Khaled
“Imad” wrote on Facebook: “Why has Sofia Boutella accepted such role that does not only harm her reputation, but also harm her father, the famous musician and composer.
“Aliaa” wrote in an angry tone referring to Algerians in the Diaspora “Is it because they are living in France they think it is justified to appear in nude and sex scenes?”. While “Mahdi” called for action: “There should be a campaign to ban Sofia Boutella and her film from entering Algeria.”
Sofia’s family moved to France when she was 10. She started doing sports gymnastics and she reached the championship of France at the age of 17.
She’s worked with Bianca Li, a famous choreographer who was the choreographer of Daft Punk’s video “Around the world”. From that point on everything started moving quickly. She had a part in the film “The Challenge” (“Le Defi” in French) in 2002 in which she played the role of Samia.
Then small roles followed in another French movie, “Permis d’Aimer” and the role of Lila in the television series, “Cordier, Juge et Flic”. She also did advertisments for Narta.
Sofia also danced with the VAGABON CREW and took part in a creation called “Chienne de Vie” and was a member of the Aphrodites troop created by Momo from the VAGABOND CREW.
Sofia’s big breakthrough arrived later when the people at Nike decided to make her their icon for the female market with “Woman in Sport”, and has been one of Madonna’s dancers in “Hung up” and “Sorry” videos. She also danced in Jamiroquai and Rihanna’s video and the European tour of Mariah Carey.