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Watch: Oscar Winner Davis Guggenheim Shares Why ‘He Named Me Malala’ Had to Be a Documentary (Exclusive)

Watch: Oscar Winner Davis Guggenheim Shares Why 'He Named Me Malala' Had to Be a Documentary (Exclusive)

READ MORE: Watch: Malala Yousafzai Leads an Impassioned Campaign For Girls’ Education in ‘He Named Me Malala’ Trailer

Academy Award-winning documentarian Davis Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth”) joined the International Documentary Association (IDA) to discuss the making of his highly anticipated documentary, “He Named Me Malala,” with Indiewire Editor-in-Chief Dana Harris. The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on September 4, and it later screened at the Toronto International Film Festival to much praise. 

The official film synopsis reads: “In October 2012, at the age of fifteen, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head in while riding home on a bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. She had been targeted by Taliban militants for her outspokenness in support of girls’ education. She survived the attack and relocated with her family to England, where she is continuing her studies. In the meantime, she has authored the bestselling memoir ‘I Am Malala’ and campaigned for girls’ rights around the world.”

The must-see documentary will hit theaters October 2 and is sure to catch awards notice thanks to its director and its engaging subject matter. Check out all of the highlights from the “He Named Me Malala” IDA discussion, starting with why it was necessary for the film to be a documentary in the video above.

Guggenheim on Malala’s father, Ziauddin Yousafzai.

Guggenheim explains his use of animation in the film. 

Guggenheim on Malala’s deep connection with children. 

READ MORE: Telluride Review: Why ‘He Named Me Malala’ is a Missed Opportunity

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