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He Named Me Malala

  • Starring: Malala Yousafzai, Ziauddin Yousafzai
  • Director: Davis Guggenheim
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 87 min.

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai 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 (she turned 18 this July) 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.

"Davis Guggenheim’s latest documentary is a forceful and exquisitely made piece of advocacy journalism."
- Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
"While the subject is deeply moving — and bringing tissues is recommended — Guggenheim's treatment is restrained, as he deploys inventive storytelling techniques that invite viewers inside Malala's world, to feel her joy, trauma and ultimately forgiveness."
- Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
"He Named Me Malala retells that story in a deft and affecting way. Director Davis Guggenheim, who made the Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth and the controversial Waiting for Superman, does some of his most heartfelt work in this tribute to Malala and her entire family."
- Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter

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