Teenage Filmmaker Leans On Michelle Obama’s Words To Tell ‘The Power of Hope’

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Inspiring young people has been a mission for our forever FLOTUS Michelle Obama and her efforts are not in vain. LA-area filmmaker Kalia Love Jones has not only heard Mrs. Obama but is amplifying her message of empowerment especially for young women through her moving, animated short film The Power of Hope now screening in the LA Shorts International Film Festival.

The film, available on YouTube until the end of October, follows the story of a young woman struggling to achieve her career goals as she grapples with illness and death in her family. All the while, the words of Michelle Obama keeps her going. If that were not inspiring enough, Jones, the middle child of three conceived the film at age 12, filming it just last year at age 13. She turned 14 over the summer. 

Kalia Jones, director of the animated short film The Power of Hope. It premiered at the Urbanworld Film Festival last month. The film, inspired by Michelle Obama, is showing now on YouTube, through the LA Shorts International Film Festival.

“I always wanted to be an animator and I noticed the lack of women working on film, the lack of diversity. I think…



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