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Watch The Self-Directed Short Film That Got Amandla Stenberg Into NYU's Prestigious Film School

From "Don't Cash Crop On My Cornrows" to this, it's safe to say her star power is strong.

Amandla Stenberg, the outspoken actress known for her role in The Hunger Games, started a powerful conversation last year when she released the video,"Don’t Cash Crop On My Cornrows.” 

Almost a year later, the now 17-year-old teen activist was admitted to NYU’s prestigious film school and it appears that this is the reason: Blue Girls Burn Fast.

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That’s the name of her short film included for submission to the school— a film that she wrote, produced, directed, and edited herself.  

The 20 minute film opens with foster teen Andy (played by Leeza Lester) attempting to run away, in search of finding her way through school, family, lust, and friendship. It’s a dreamy escape and a fine line between reality and fantasy. It hints at her exploration of sexuality by the presence of Lea (played by Julia Rochas), a topic that Amandla opened up about via Snapchat in January.

It’s an awe-inspiring look into the mind of the young and creative teen, Amandla. Definitely looking forward to seeing more of her star power! Check out the film in full below.


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