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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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Trivia

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: People argue about the war, and debate about politics, but who is thinking about the children?
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Features Good Morning America (1975) See more »

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Performed by IV Form Class Kisaruni Secondary School 2014
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He Named Me Malala: Not at all what I expected
7 August 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Malala Yousafzai is a young activist for womens rights. At 15yrs old she was shot in the head by Taliban but regardless continued to spread her message worldwide as an ambassador for equality.

I expected a powerful documentary telling her entire story but what I got felt very watered down. Focusing as much on her personal life and that of her father as the real matters this wasn't as gritty nor as emotional as I'd expected.

For this I blame the director, I don't know what vision he had but this is less a thought provoking documentary and more a Behind The Music (1997) kind of thing.

Her message is deep, it's meaningful and one that should be spread but this documentary is not the way of doing it. To me these 90 minutes were counter productive in many ways. She fights for equality but defends the religion that has prevented it and resulted in all the atrocities that have befallen her sex and resulted in her catching a bullet to the face.

I do love a good documentary, this simply isn't one.

The Good:

Core message is great

The Bad:

Too light hearted

Excessive focus on her father

Religion is the cause of all of this so why defend it?

Things I Learnt From This Documentary:

If your doctrines say that you should be subserviant and you deserve all the ills that befall you from those that claim to love you, then it makes perfect sense to try and make people ignore it as opposed to leaving the religion.....


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