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Malala Yousafzai Doc ‘He Named Me Malala’ to be Released by Fox Searchlight

Malala Yousafzai Doc 'He Named Me Malala' to be Released by Fox Searchlight

Malala Yousafzai is the subject of a new nonfiction portrait by Oscar-winning documentarian Davis Guggenheim (“Waiting for ‘Superman,'” “An Inconvenient Truth”).

Yousafzai became the youngest-ever Noble Peace Prize laureate last year for her activism on behalf of girls’ education. As a 15-year-old, the Pakistani teenager was shot in the head by the Taliban for her campaigns promoting gender equality. Guggenheim’s documentary follows Yousafzai as the now 17-year-old continues to speak out for children’s welfare all over the world. 

The film will be released in conjunction with a fundraising effort for The Malala Fund, a non-profit org devoted to the empowerment of adolescent girls. 

“Malala’s incredible journey is both heartbreaking and inspiring,” said Fox Searchlight Presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula. “Her bravery in the face of adversity brought us to tears. The chance to bring her story to a global audience will be an honor for all of us here at Searchlight.”

“Spending the last 18 months with Malala, her father Ziauddin and their family has been one of the great experiences of my life,” added Guggenheim.

No release date has yet been announced, but several news outlets have it pegged to premiere in Cannes.

[via THR]

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