The documentary, produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald under their long-term production partnership with Image Nation Abu Dhabi and co-financed by Participant Media, follows Yousafzai as a leading campaigner for the rights of children worldwide who became the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. Davis and his filmmaking team spent 18 months with Yousafzai in making this film.
Fox Searchlight and National Geographic will join forces for a global launch campaign in support of its October 2015 awards corridor release. After throwing resources and weight behind “He Named Me Malala” on its way to theatrical release, the film will air on the National Geographic Channels in 171 countries and 45 languages in 2016.
The film will also launch an international advocacy and fundraising campaign in partnership with the Malala Fund, Malala’s nonprofit organization working to empower adolescent girls globally through secondary education.
Last Fall, departed Fox Searchlight acquisitions executive Tony Safford came on the project as a consultant. “Searchlight asked that I stick around and help run the campaign as it relates to these and other partners with a particular focus on Malala’s advocacy of education for girls and young women,” Safford wrote in an email to TOH! “It’s a great fit. I move forward with an issue-oriented project in which I truly believe and onto the path of humanitarian activism.”