Malia Obama’s Short Film ‘The Heart’ to Premiere at Sundance Film Festival

  • PublishedJanuary 18, 2024

Malia Obama, under the pseudonym Malia Ann, is making waves at the Sundance Film Festival with her short film, “The Heart.” The film is part of the U.S. short fiction films showcased at the festival in Park City, Utah.

Written and directed by Malia Obama, “The Heart” delves into the story of a grieving son who receives an unusual request from his late mother’s will. The film made its debut at Sundance and continues to be screened throughout the week.

In a video message, Obama shared insights about her film, saying, “The film is about lost objects and lonely people and forgiveness and regret, but I also think it works hard to uncover where tenderness and closeness can exist in these things. We hope you enjoy the film and it makes you feel a bit less lonely, or at least reminds you not to forget about the people who are.”

Prior to its Sundance screening, “The Heart” was showcased at the Telluride Film Festival and the Chicago International Film Festival, where it received recognition in the best live action short category.

Malia Obama has been making her mark in the entertainment industry, having previously worked as a writer on the Donald Glover-produced limited series “The Swarm.” As the daughter of former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, her talents and creativity continue to draw attention and acclaim.

At the Sundance Film Festival, Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions fondly recalled the festival’s impact on his career, including screening the acclaimed film “Whiplash” and debuting the Oscar-winning “Get Out.” He also mentioned a memorable moment when Malia Obama was in the audience during a screening, highlighting the influence and significance of the festival in the world of cinema.

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