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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.


Davis Guggenheim


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





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


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



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

22 October 2015 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Malala See more »

Filming Locations:

Birmingham, England, UK See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,884, 4 October 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,642,899, 6 December 2015
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Malala Yousafzai: I tell my story, not because it's unique, but because it is not. It is the story of many girls.
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Features The Daily Show: Malala Yousafzai (2013) See more »


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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"Let us pick-up our books and pencils..."
7 October 2015 | by ccorral419See all my reviews

Academy Award Winning Director Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth - 2006) graciously guides the viewing audience into the life and times of Malala Yousafzi, the young Pakistani girl (youngest Nobel Prize Winner - 2014) who was shot in her school bus (along with two friends) in 2012 by the Taliban. At the heart of this educational and heartwarming film is the relatable and kind Malala, the daughter of outspoken father Toor Pekai, reserved mother Khushal and sister to two equally enjoyable brothers Ziauddin and Atal. Through personal interviews that bring forth the light that shines within Malala and her family, we learn of her upbringing, gain insight into her family and community, and learn of her writing relationship with the BBC before and through the rise of the Taliban. Making the story accessible (especially to the younger audience), Guggenheim perfectly intertwines (though animation) the story behind Malala's name - the name comes from a Pashtun woman who encouraged the Afghan forces to fight on during the Battle of Maiwand. This is a remarkable story that deserves to be told and experienced by all, especially today's young women. "Let us pick-up our books and our pencils. They are our most powerful weapon". Look for this one to move right to the top for Award consideration.

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