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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.

Director:

Davis Guggenheim

Writer:

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

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Cast

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
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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.

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 2015 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Malala See more »

Filming Locations:

Birmingham, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,808, 4 October 2015

Gross USA:

$2,668,936

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,766,004
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The name Malala is a variant of Malalai, which means "sad, grieved" in Pashto. This was the name of a Pashtun woman who encouraged the Afghan forces during the 1880 Battle of Maiwand against the British. Another bearer of this name is Malalai Joya (born 1978), an activist, writer, and a former politician from Afghanistan. See more »

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Malala Yousafzai: The Taliban shot me on the left side of my face. They shot my friends too. They thought that the bullet would silence us, but nothing changed, except this: weakness, fear, and hopelessness died. Strength, power, and courage was born. I am the same Malala. My ambitions are the same. My hopes are the same. And my dreams are the same. We realize the importance of light, when we see darkness. We realize the importance of our voice, when we are silenced. We believe in the power and the strength of ...
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Inspiring, educational, and eye-opening. A must-see for today's youth
8 October 2015 | by rannynmSee all my reviews

This movie is very inspirational, educational and makes me realize how fortunate I am to have an education and not have to worry about the safety of my life or family.

He Named Me Malala, is a documentary about Malala Yousafzai who takes huge risks to stand up for girls' rights to receive an education in Pakistan. When Malala is 15 years old, she makes public speeches about how she doesn't think the Taliban is doing the right thing by blocking girls from getting an education. One morning on the way to school, members of the Taliban board Malala's school bus, ask for her by name, and try to assassinate her. Malala is shot on the left side of her head and she miraculously survives. After her recovery, she continues to put her own life in danger by speaking out against the Taliban. Fast forward to 2014, at age 17, Malala is the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

The relationship between Malala and her father, Ziuddin Yousafzai is very strong and shown throughout the documentary. Malala said that she and her dad have two different bodies but they share one soul. They both speak out and help each other have a voice. Ziuddin named his daughter after a historical Afghanistan woman who courageously went onto the battlefield to fight for freedom. Similarities are shown between the two Malalas, both strong young women willing to take a stand.

My favorite scene is at the beginning of the movie when Malala is at her home with her brothers and Dad having conversations like a tight-knit family. This scene has some comedic relief between Malala and her brothers and this shows she has a normal life.

The message of He Named Me Malala is that we should stand up for what's right and what we believe in no matter the consequences. That can be really difficult to do. Malala really shows what she believes in and says that there is a moment when one should choose to stand or not. Whe chose to speak out. The movie states, "When you educate a girl, it changes our world." Thanks to Malala, more girls are getting educated and our world will be a better place because of it.

I rate this film 5 out of 5 stars because it is very inspirational and shows how one person can really make a difference in the world. I recommend this film for ages 13-18 because it is intense and has actual news videos of murders done by the Taliban.

Reviewed by Lainey A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.


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