Pakistani teen Malala’s life shown on big screen film

Written by Yazeed Kamaldien

If the trailer is anything to go by, the upcoming documentary film about Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai is going to be an inspiring tale that leaves viewers in tears.

Yousafzai, 17, was a victim of Taliban brutality in Pakistan’s Swat Valley when she made her way home from school in 2012. She was reportedly targeted for “speaking out on behalf of girls’ education in her region”.

Poster for the documentary film about Malala Yousafzai. Picture Supplied

Poster for the documentary film about Malala Yousafzai. Picture Supplied

The documentary film, He Named Me Malala, documents the teenager’s journey and relationship with her father Ziauddin Yousafzai.

American filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows Malala’s story from a gun victim in a hospital, to the youngest Nobel prize winner.

Since the Taliban shooting, Malala has launched a fund to work towards girl’s education and continues lobbying world leaders to assist in these efforts.

The film’s trailer shows how Malala’s story reached the hearts of millions of supporters. It also shows snippets of her visit to famous American talk show host Jon Stewart when she was a guest on The Daily Show.

Viewers will see more of “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”.

Guggenheim’s lense focuses on Malala’s home life and global efforts. It is described as an “intimate portrait” which “gives us an inside glimpse into this extraordinary young girl’s life”.

The film includes Malala’s famous words: “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.”

Ziauddin Yousafzai says in the film’s production notes that he believed in the power of education and passed that on to his daughter.

“My father did not want me to teach. I was a defiant son. I believed in the power of education to change the world, so I put every penny I had into opening a school for girls,” he says.

“Malala grew into the incredible young woman she is today, because of great teachers.”

He adds: “People ask me what is special about my mentorship that has made Malala so bold and courageous. I tell them, ‘Don’t ask me what I did. Ask me what I did not do. I did not clip her wings, and that’s all’.”

Guggenheim sais Malala’s “bravery in the face of adversity brought us to tears”.

“Spending the last 18 months with Malala, her father Ziauddin and their family has been one of the great experiences of my life. We have the opportunity to share their moving story with the world.”


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About Yazeed Kamaldien

Self-employed journalist and photographer from South Africa.

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