Malia Obama at Sundance: A Fledgling Filmmaker Makes Her Debut


Celebrities looking to change their image can benefit from the Sundance Film Festival. It’s a great opportunity for Marvel actors wanting to try indie films or young stars wanting to transition into more mature roles.

I met many people at Sundance who were unaware of this year’s successful rebranding. If they had known, there might have been a huge crowd at the usually calm short-film showcases. One of the highlights was the premiere of “The Heart,” an 18-minute project by a talented filmmaker named Malia Ann, who is more famously known as Malia Obama, the daughter of the former president.

Malia Obama makes red carpet debut at Sundance screening for her short film – NBC Connecticut

At 25 years old, Obama is not new to Hollywood. She interned at the Weinstein Company in 2017, studied filmmaking at Harvard, and wrote for the Amazon series “Swarm” after graduating. Donald Glover, who cocreated “Swarm,” has been guiding Obama’s career, emphasizing the importance of making quality films due to her famous last name.

Joshua is burdened with guilt and struggles to move forward. This is made even more difficult by the fact that he is required to carry a jar containing his mother’s preserved heart, as stated in her will. However, his life takes an unexpected turn when he comes across a stranger who bears a striking resemblance to his late mother. Determined to express the words he never had the chance to say when she was alive, Joshua eventually realizes that he should be more forgiving towards himself.

Why did Obama decide to write and direct this unique, charming little tale? In a video where she introduces herself as an artist, Obama mentioned that she wanted her short film to make viewers feel less alone, or at least to remember those who are often overlooked.

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