Movies & Television

Barack Obama’s daughter Maliah to direct her first film


The film will be released under the production banner of Donald Glover, with whom Malia worked in the Amazon Prime Video series ‘Swarm.’

Malia Obama, the elder daughter of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, is gearing up for developing her very own project — a short film that will be released under Donald Glover’s new production company Gilga.

People’s report states that Glover recently revealed Malia’s association with the project and recalled an early conversation between him and Malia. “The first thing we did was talk about the fact that she will only get to do this once,” Glover said. He told her, “You’re Obama’s daughter. So if you make a bad film, it will follow you around.”

Malia and Glover have earlier worked together. The former first daughter is already making her mark on Glover’s Amazon Prime Video series Swarm, which premiered on March 17.

Malia is no stranger to operating behind the scenes as she also has experience working on the set of Girls and Halle Berry’s series, Extant. 

Although Swarm was her first television writing job, the former college student impressed Glover and the show’s co-creator, Janine Nabers, with her interesting ideas.

Malia collaborated with Nabers to write the episode titled “Girl, Bye” in the series, which follows an obsessed fan named Dre (played by Dominique Fishback), who would do anything for her favorite Beyoncé-esque singer.

“Some of her pitches were wild as hell, and they were just so good and so funny,” Nabers revealed to Entertainment Tonight back in March. “She’s an incredible writer. She brought a lot to the table. She’s really, really dedicated to her craft.”

Maliah Obama attended Harvard University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in 2021. During her time at Harvard, Malia was involved in a variety of extracurricular activities, including serving as a member of the Harvard Crimson newspaper staff and interning at The Weinstein Company film studio.