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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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In 2014, Malala Yousafzai was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi. The Norwegian Academy awarded them the prize "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education" At the age of 17, Malala became the youngest person to ever win a Nobel Prize. 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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Connections

Features The Daily Show: Malala Yousafzai (2013) See more »

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I Am Many
Written by Alicia Keys, Thomas Newman
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Right for education
20 December 2015 | by Cinefill1See all my reviews

-He Named Me Malala is a 2015 American documentary film directed by Davis Guggenheim. The film presents the young Pakistani female activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, who has spoken out for the rights of girls, especially the right to education, since she was very young. The film also recounts how she almost miraculously survived and has become even more eloquent in her quest after being hunted down and shot by a Taliban gunman as part of the organization's violent opposition to girls' education in the Swat Valley in Pakistan. The title refers to the Afghani folk hero Malalai of Maiwand, after whom her father named her.

-. Critical reception: -The film received mixed to positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 69% based on 62 reviews, with an average rating of 6.7/10. The site's consensus reads, "He Named Me Malala spotlights a worthy subject, but without the focus her story deserves." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 61 out of 100, based on 25 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". The film received two Women's Image Network Awards nominations, including Best Documentary and Best Producer.


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