As an educator, it is difficult to imagine a world where girls would be forbidden to attend school. Malala Yousafazi lived in the Swat Valley of Pakistan and her father, Ziauddin, ran a school near their home. He constantly faced threats from the Taliban, who insisted girls did not deserve an education and threatened those who continued to teach them. Her inspirational story was told in her book “I Am Malala”, and the story of her life before and after being attacked by the Taliban is told in the film “He Named Me Malala” premiering on National Geographic February 29th. The movie promises to be educational and an opportunity to start a dialogue with your own friends and family.
He Named Me Malala to Premiere on National Geographic
Malala went undercover as a blogger for the BBC to report the threats and attacks the Taliban was making against girls and schools. She believed it was her right to an education and even though her family was in danger, she refused to back down and continued to advocate for the right of all women to be educated. Her activism resulted in a nomination for the International Children’s Peace Prize and Pakistan’s National Youth Peace Prize in 2011.
The Taliban did not approve of her outright defiance and went after Malala. On October 9, 2012, a Taliban gunman boarded her school bus and shot her in the head leaving her for dead. Thankfully she survived and has continued her journey as an outspoken advocate for injustices in girls’ education around the world.
The film “He Named Me Malala” celebrates Malala’s dedication. Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman) shows how Malala, her father, and her family are committed to fighting for education for all girls worldwide. The film gives 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.
I look forward to watching the commercial-free premiere with my children on National Geographic Channel Feb. 29 at 8pm ET/7pm CT.
You can watch the trailer here: