13-Year-Old Kalia Jones Directs Animated Film Short “The Power of Hope” Inspired By Michelle Obama

Kalia Love Jones is a 13-year-old ambitious animated filmmaker with a goal of empowering others.

No stranger to hard work and commitment, Kalia divides her time between, school, filmmaking, piano lessons, district Honor band first chair flute and gymnastics. Kalia is a 8 year gymnast who trained with former US Olympian Chris Whaler at his gym in Los Angeles county. She is devoted to her passion as a filmmaker and confident that she can make a positive difference in the world and inspire more young women to pursue their filmmaking dreams.

Kalia lives in Los Angeles and has always loved the filming industry. She looks up to influential female figures, such as Ava DuVernay, Rebecca Sugar, and Michelle Obama, and spends hours every day drawing, crafting, and studying films so she can make unique animations of her own. With her motivation and strong support from her family, Kalia was able to launch her first captivating production called “The Power of Hope.” She even co- wrote the film’s song and funded most of the project on her own by recycling and working odd jobs for her family and friends.

“The Power Of Hope” tells the inspirational story of a young woman with big dreams. “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.”

Kalia is not afraid to take risks with her films to deliver powerful messages that prove anyone can push through obstacles in life and reach their goals. This may be the beginning of Kalia’s career, but she is certainly already showing girls of all color and ages that they can achieve greatness by carrying hope and believing in themselves. #BlackGirlMagic

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