It’s not very often that a documentary feature gets a theatrical release, but He Named Me Malala is based on the nobel peace prize winning teenager who was shot in the head for campaigning for a woman’s right to be educated. This is her story.
It doesn’t look to challenge the character of Malala, but offer an insight into her culture and the world in which she is fighting. Malala is the presenter in this story, taking us through a tragic human rights issue that still exists. Watch out for this one at the Oscars.
He Named Me Malala is in the UK from 6th November 2015.
He Named Me Malala is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old (she turned 18 this July) was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman) shows us how Malala, her father Zia and her family are committed to fighting for education for all girls worldwide. The film gives us an inside glimpse into this extraordinary young girl’s life – from her close relationship with her father who inspired her love for education, to her impassioned speeches at the UN, to her everyday life with her parents and brothers.