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HE NAMED ME MALALA (OPENS NOVEMBER 6TH)

Director: DAVIS GUGGENHEIM

88 minutes, U.S.A.-U.A.E., 2015, Digital


This film was released on Friday 6th November 2015 and is no longer screening. 

The youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize at just 17 years old, it goes without saying that Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai is an exceptional young woman, deserving of this carefully constructed and affecting profile of her remarkable life and career. Oscar-winning director Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) deftly manages the telling of Malala’s story, using animated sequences to depict her childhood in the Swat Valley and combining these with relaxed interviews with Malala and her family in their Birmingham home with TV clips and news reports, particularly from the time after she was singled out and shot by Taliban gunmen in 2012 for her outspoken views against their decrees forbidding girls access to education.

Undeterred by this brutal attack, Malala has continued her campaign since her astonishing recovery and her eloquence, bravery and intellect are all captured and given rightful tribute here.  (Notes by Alice Butler.)

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