Teenager Kalia Love Jones was so moved by a 2017 speech by Michelle Obama that she made an animated short in hopes of inspiring others. “The Power of Hope” has its world premiere at Urban World online film festival on September 26. Here’s how Kalia describes it:
When her mother falls ill, an aspiring architect grapples with feelings of helplessness, but moved by the words of Michelle Obama, she finds the will to persevere and bring her dreams to life.
As for Kalia, “she looks up to influential female figures, such as Ava DuVernay and Michelle Obama, and spends hours everyday crafting, and studying films so she can make unique animations of her own. This may be the beginning of Kalia’s career, but she is certainly already showing girls of all ages that they can achieve greatness by carrying hope and believing in themselves.
Here is the emotional final speech Michelle Obama gave as First Lady in 2017. Hard to believe this was only a few years ago.
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Have a great premiere, Kalia!
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