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Inspired by true events, LALO’S HOUSE, follows the relentless courage of Manouchka, a 14-year-old Haitian girl, and her 5-year-old sister, Phara, who are abducted and thrown into an underground prostitution network that is posing as a Catholic orphanage. Forced to grow up prematurely, Manouchka must fight to save Phara and escape.

Kelley Kali, one of the 2020 PRINDIE jury members, is a Howard University & USC School of Cinematic Arts Alumna, has directed, written, and produced award-winning films in Belize, Haiti, China, and locally in the USA. She was selected to work with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s New Form Digital, to develop her web series, The Discovery of Dit Dodson, that went on to compete in top tier festivals across the nation. Recently Kelley wrote and directed, Lalo’s House (executive produced by Garcelle Beauvais and Lisa L. Wilson), which went on to win the 45th Annual Student Academy Award and was in consideration for the 91st Annual Academy Awards. Kelley also won the Directors Guild of America Student Filmmaker Award, the KCET Fine Cut Award, the Shadow and Act Rising Award, the Programmers’ Award at the Oscar-qualifying Pan African Film Festival, the Jury Award at the Diversity in Cannes Showcase sponsored by Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions, and many more. Her work has been featured at the American Black Film Festival in the Emerging Directors and Telluride Film Festival.

  • Year
  • Runtime
  • Language
    Haitian Creole (English Subtitles)
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Kelley Kali
  • Screenwriter
    Co-writer: Yasemin Yilmaz
  • Executive Producer
    Garcelle Beauvais & Lisa L. Wilson
  • Co-Producer
    Victor Pourcel