He Named Me Malala

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It was a news story destined for film. The 15-year-old girl, who was shot in the head for daring to speak up against the Taliban in Pakistan, survived the bullets and became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Originally due to be a narrative film with actors, in the hands of director Davis Guggenheim (who created searing documentaries such as An Inconvenient Truth, which changed the conversation on climate change, and Waiting for Superman, investigating, the education system in the US) He Named Me Malala is an emotional, thought-provoking documentary that will make you feel thankful you can read the words on this page.

Guggenheim shows us how her father built a school, her mother traded her books in for candy, the tyranny of the Taliban, the family’s relocation to the UK and Malala’s new life as global advocate for girls’ education. But those who have read I am Malala will leave the theatre with no more insight than they came with. Criticisms of her are presented and left undeveloped, and deeper political questions are swerved. But this film wins when we see Malala, not as the saintly activist, but a normal teenager, arm-wrestling her brother and giggling as she looks up pictures of Brad Pitt
on the internet. TO

The bottom line
Inspirational stuff with a positive message.

By TO
Time Out Doha,

He Named Me Malala

  • Duration: 88
  • Released: Thu, 05 Nov
  • Language: English
  • Director: Davis Guggenheim
  • Stars: Malala Yousafzai, Ziauddin Yousafzai, Toor Pekai Yousafzai

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