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First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks during a “Beasts of the Southern Wild” movie workshop in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 13, 2013. Participating, from left, are: movie director Benh Zeitlin; actor Dwight Henry; actress Quvenzhané Wallis; and moderator Rachel Goslins, a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks during a "Beasts of the Southern Wild" movie workshop in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 13, 2013. Participating, from left, are: movie director Benh Zeitlin; actor Dwight Henry; actress Quvenzhané Wallis; and moderator Rachel Goslins, a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

First Lady Michelle Obama hosted eighty students from DC and New Orleans at the White House for a workshop with the cast and crew of the Oscar-nominated "Beasts of the Southern Wild," including director Benh Zeitlin, actor Dwight Henry and the movie's 9-year-old star, Quvenzhané Wallis, the youngest person ever to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.

Michelle called Beasts "beautiful, joyful and devastatingly honest," praising its message of strength and resilience:

It's a movie that makes us all think deeply about the people we love in our lives who make us who we are. It shows us the strength of our communities, no matter what they look like.  It shows us that those communities can give us the power to overcome any kind of obstacles. And it also tells a compelling story of poverty and devastation, but also of hope and love in the midst of some great challenges.

So there are so many important lessons to learn in that little 93 minutes. That’s the other cool thing -- that a director and a set of writers and producers can say so much in just 93 minutes.  And it doesn’t always happen in a movie, quite frankly, but this one did it, and that’s why I love this movie so much and why our team wanted to bring it here to the White House and share it with all of you.

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