Malia’s Filmmaking Dreams Come True
Malia Obama is stepping into the spotlight, premiering her directorial debut short film, “The Heart,” at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival on January 17th.
Written and directed by the 25-year-old daughter of Barack and Michelle Obama, the movie tells the story of a young man working to fulfill a final request from his late mother while grieving her loss.
“The film is about lost objects and lonely people, forgiveness and regret, but I also think it works hard to uncover where tenderness and closeness can exist in these things,” said Malia in the film’s trailer.
Screening over the next 10 days, “The Heart” boasts a majority Black cast and a strong emotional core.
Following in Famous Footsteps
Malia’s burgeoning entertainment career includes credits on Donald Glover’s series “Swarm” and production work on Halle Berry’s project “Extent.” Using the name “Malia Ann” professionally, she helped write episode five of “Swarm,” titled “Girl, Bye.”
The debut of “The Heart” marks a major step for the budding filmmaker. Malia brought her trademark style to the Sundance red carpet, wearing combat boots, a gray wool coat, and eye-catching wine-colored goddess braids.
Shining Bright at Sundance 2024
Malia isn’t the only star commanding attention at this year’s prestigious film festival. Celebrities like Normani, Dominique Thorne, and Jay Ellis brought glamour to the cold weather while promoting their new movie “Freaky Tales.”
Normani stole the show in a two-piece set from AREA with sheer stockings and furry heels. The singer-actress is on a hot streak, slaying both her film and fashion game.
With young creatives like Malia Obama making their directorial debuts, the future of film looks bright at Sundance 2024 and beyond.