Many of us know the name Malala Yousafzai, but what exactly do you know about the story of this 18 year old activist?
Malala campaigned for girls education in Pakistan, because of her voice and campaign she was attacked by the Taliban who shot her, and she almost lost her young life. She has since recovered and even though being shot and almost dying, she has not let this scare her into giving up. Malala continues to campaign and has become the voice for many girls and women as she gives uplifting speeches, and has even received the Nobel Peace Prize.
HE NAMED ME MALALA: Malala Yousafzai at the Kisaruni Girls School in Massai Mara, Kenya. May 26, 2014. Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures.© 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved
The film He Named Me Malala directed by Davis Guggenheim follows the life of Malala and tells her story and gives us more insight into who she is, who her family is, and her life under the Taliban.
Malala’s main influence as we find out is her father, who also campaigns for education and even has his own school in Swat Valley. Malala was named after a story of an Afghan female warrior who rallied local Pashtum fighters in the 1880s against British troops in the Battle of Mainwand. She led them to victory, but sadly was shot in the head. Since Malala was shot, her and her family have since moved to England.
HE NAMED ME MALALA: Malala Yousafzai at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. July 12, 2013. Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures.© 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved
Although Malala is an amazing individual and a great role model for girls and women, we find out through this film that she really is just a regular teenager who has the same issues and problems as other 18 year old girls. As any teenage girl, moving to England is a big adjustment, and her mother speaks about this during the film.
Davis Guggenheim does a great job in bringing together Malala and her namesake Afghan warrior to help us understand who she is, and how her father sees her taking up and looking as her namesake.
Malala tells us that her father only named her Malala, he did not make her Malala. She appreciates and recognizes the importance of her father and the rest of her family but takes responsibility for her own choices and life. A great message for girls to hear!
Malala’s life, and her story is incredible, and something all young girls should see this Monday February 29th as National Geographic premiers the global broadcast of He Named Me Malala at 8pm ET / 7pm CT.
About the Movie:
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 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.
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