(2016) (United States)
Student Narrative (Undergrad, USC)
Amelia’s Closet is a coming of age story about an 11-year-old girl from a low income background and lives with her hard working single father. At school, she is heavily bullied and often left feeling powerless. In attempt to reclaim a sense of power, she steals from the kids bullying her but shamefully hides the items in her closet. Stakes are raised when Amelia becomes reckless. When she gets caught red-handed, she is forced to confront the hidden items in her closet and find true sense of empowerment. This story about confronting truths about yourself, empowerment, and perseverance.
Written and Directed by Halima Lucas
From the city of Stockton, California comes 25-year-old writer and director, Halima Lucas. She is second oldest in the line up of nine brothers and sisters and the combo platter of unique personalities in her home greatly inspires her storytelling.Upon recently graduating from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts with an MFA in Film & TV Production, her thesis film, Amelia’s Closet, became finalist for the 43rd Student Academy Awards, placing in the top eight in the narrative category.