HE NAMED ME MALALA is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who 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 turns 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.
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman) shows us how Malala, her father Zia and her family are committed to fighting for education for all girls worldwide. The film gives us an inside glimpse into this extraordinary young girl’s life – from her close relationship with her father who inspired her love for education, to her impassioned speeches at the UN, to her everyday life with her parents and brothers.
“One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.” – Malala
Recently off its tremendous success at the Toronto International Film Festival, the film is getting ready for its theatrical release in the US and UK. The acclaimed film first opens in theaters in NY and LA on October 2nd and then expands nationwide on October 9th. In the UK, the film hits the big screen on November 6th.
He Named Me Malala had a star studded blue carpet premiere last night at the Ziegfeld Theater in NYC. Attending were Malala Yousafzai, her father Ziauddin Yousafzai, along with celebrity guests including Scarlett Johansson, Ivanka Trump, Elizabeth Shue, Jill Hennessy, and Grammy winner Alicia Keyes.