Black filmmaker, 14, creates short film inspired by Michelle Obama speech

‘The Power of Hope’ animated short film getting Oscar buzz.

At 14 years old, Kalia Love Jones has a bright future of filmmaking ahead of her.

Written, directed and produced by Jones, her first animated short film “The Power of Hope” tells the inspirational story of a young woman with big dreams. After her mother falls ill, an aspiring architect doesn’t let fear stand in the way of chasing her dreams. In fact, it was the words of former First Lady Michelle Obama that drove her to bring her dreams to life.

Jones is the youngest director selected into the Oscar qualifying Pan African American Film Festival.

“The Power of Hope” will be screened virtually at the 29th Annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival from Feb. 28 to March 14. Tickets can be purchased here.

Kalia Love Jones (Photo credit: (Copyright 2020 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

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