Fox Searchlight has acquired worldwide rights, except for France and other French-speaking territories, to the documentary “He Named Me Malala.” Directed by Davis Guggenheim, who won an Oscar for “An Inconvenient Truth” and also directed “Waiting for Superman,” the film is slated for 2015 release.
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.
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.
Executive producers include Mohamed Al Mubarak and Michael Garin from Image Nation Abu Dhabi and Jeff Skoll for Participant Media.
Departing Fox Searchlight acquisitions executive Tony Safford is coming 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 today. “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.”