“He Named Me Malala” is a documentary to premiere on the National Geographic Channel on Monday, February 29, 2016 at 8 p.m. eastern time. The movie is about a Pakistani schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and shot in the head for her outspoken views in support of girls’ equal access to education. She later survived and continued her work in advocating for girls’ education around the world, especially in poor, third-world countries. In 2013, she was the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 16.
The movie follows Malala’s story from her early beginnings and her namesake’s title from the heroine, Malala, in the war for Afghanistan’s independence, her home in Swat Valley, her parents’ influence, and life after recovery and attention on a wider global stage.
While many in the United States take their public education for granted, education around the world is often seem to be only for the privileged and even exclusive for only the male gender. Girls are expected to be unschooled, marry early and start raising a family at young age. They are expected to be deferent to their husbands and dependent on their husband for their daily subsistence and income. Education in this context, means having more options in life, the skills and educational background to pursue their dreams and careers, and being able to also become financially independent.
From the director of “Waiting for Superman” and Academy Award Winner of “An Inconvenient Truth,” Davis Guggenheim presents the incredible story of a girl who would not be silenced, voicing her beliefs and weaving a tale of courage and bravery. “He Named Me Malala” is a critically-acclaimed film and inspiring story of a girl who was defiant in the face of tyranny and oppression, even living under death threats from the Taliban regime.
My favorite part of the film is when Malala, a strong believer in education for changing lives, says her story is not about someone who is extraordinary, but rather as any person who stands up for what she believes in. Equal access to education is a platform she is a proponent of and fights for the rights of children around the world. She is the co-founder of the Malala Fund which takes her in travels far and wide. When she is not traveling, she lives with her family where she is adjusting to life and school in England, and dreams of one day of returning to her homeland.
With transformation that begins with education, Malala is an example that when you give education to a girl and transform her world, she will transform the world. The price of education may be very high for some, but with education more girls can claim their potential and become the agent of change in their community.
This movie will air commercial free on the National Geographic Channel and in over 170 countries and 45 languages.
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