“One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.” – Malala
Fox Searchlight has several interesting projects set for release this fall, but by far the one I’m most interested in is “He Named Me Malala.”
Set to be released October 9, the film tells the story of Malala Yousafzai who was shot on the same day in 2012 because of her open advocacy for girls’ education.
From the studio:
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.