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He Named Me Malala (2015)

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A look at the events leading up to the Taliban's attack on Pakistani schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai, for speaking out on girls' education followed by the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations.

Director:

Davis Guggenheim

Writer:

Malala Yousafzai (inspired by the book: I Am Malala)
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 6 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Malala Yousafzai ... Herself
Ziauddin Yousafzai ... Himself
Toor Pekai Yousafzai Toor Pekai Yousafzai ... Herself
Khushal Yousafzai ... Himself
Atal Yousafzai Atal Yousafzai ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bono ... Himself
Jon Stewart ... Himself
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A look at the events leading up to the Taliban's attack on Pakistani schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai, for speaking out on girls' education followed by the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations.

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Taglines:

One Child, One Teacher, One Book and One Pen Can Change the World

Genres:

Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements involving disturbing images and threats | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 2015 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Malala See more »

Filming Locations:

Birmingham, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,884, 4 October 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,642,899, 6 December 2015
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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On the afternoon of 9 October 2012, Yousafzai boarded her school bus in the northwest Pakistani district of Swat. A gunman asked for her by name, then pointed a pistol at her and fired three shots. One bullet hit the left side of Yousafzai's forehead, traveled under her skin through the length of her face, and then went into her shoulder. Two other teenagers on the bus were also shot, one in the arm and the other in the hand. See more »

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Malala Yousafzai: The Taliban shot me on the left side of my face. They shot my friends too. They thought that the bullet would silence us, but nothing changed, except this: weakness, fear, and hopelessness died. Strength, power, and courage was born. I am the same Malala. My ambitions are the same. My hopes are the same. And my dreams are the same. We realize the importance of light, when we see darkness. We realize the importance of our voice, when we are silenced. We believe in the power and the strength of ...
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Traditional
Performed by IV Form Class Kisaruni Secondary School 2014
Courtesy of Free The Children an international charity and education partner freethechildren.com
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What did you do as a teenager?
7 October 2015 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. One would be hard-pressed to name anyone currently on the planet who is more deserving of having her story told than Malala Yousafzai. In case you don't recognize the name, Malala is the teenage girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for speaking out in favor of education for Pakistani girls.

Unlike her namesake in the legendary story told to open the film, this Malala somehow survived the gunshot and has continued her mission of spreading the importance of education throughout the globe. Her efforts resulted in her being named the Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2014. This girl is extraordinary and inspiring.

Davis Guggenheim has proved his expertise in the documentary world with excellent work in Waiting for Superman (2010) and his Oscar winner An Inconvenient Truth (2006). Though Malala may be his most fascinating subject to date, this is probably not his best filmmaking. The extensive use of animation distracts from Malala's story, and also Guggenheim's attempts to show the teenage girl that exists alongside the global activist are often disjointed. We enjoy seeing her warm and sincere interactions with her brothers and her embarrassment at low grades on school work, but each time one of these sequences begins, the film abruptly shifts to another incident – possibly as a reminder to us that her life is anything but normal.

Some of the film's highlights include Malala's speech to the United Nations assembly, the crime scene photographs of the bus on which she and her friends were shot, and those moments when she lets her emotions roam free … she mutters "It's so hard to get things done in this world". We feel her pain and find ourselves wanting to stand with Malala.

Much of what we see is from her promotional tour to support her book "I am Malala", and it's her words and commitment to the cause that leave such an impression. Guggenheim hints that her father may have pushed her into this life, but this wise-beyond-her-years young woman has more than earned our respect and admiration. She convinces us that the best way to "arm" young people around the world is with books and a pen … the most powerful weapons. Her courage and commitment cause us to question our actions as 17 year olds. What a truly extraordinary person she is.


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