Malala Yousafzai, the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate for her activism on behalf of girls’ education, claims she’s just an ordinary person. Oscar-winning documentarian Davis Guggenheim’s inspirational portrait of Yousafzai easily refutes that claim — but his camera also reveals that the 17-year-old high-school student is still a girl who teases her younger brothers, nurses crushes on celebrities, doesn’t do so well in physics class and loves her parents fiercely.
To be released with in conjunction with a fundraising effort for The Malala Fund, a non-profit org devoted to the empowerment of adolescent girls, “He Called Me Malala” traces Yousafzai’s obvious extraordinariness to her unusual parents, especially her father, who supported her education and her defiance against the Taliban. “If I had an ordinary father and an ordinary mother, I would have two children [by] now,” the activist declares. Instead, she is free to pursue her own goals, which currently include speaking out for children’s welfare all over the world.
After a theatrical release on October 2, 2015, and a fall/winter awards run, the doc will air internationally on the National Geographic Channels in 171 countries and 45 languages next year.
Here’s the press summary for the doc:
“‘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.”