Malala Yousafzai is a household name in much of the world due to her activism for female education in her native Pakistan. But for many she first made the news in 2012 when she was approached by a gunman and shot while attempting to board a bus, which left her unconscious and in critical condition. She was 14 at the time.
This inspirational girl, now 17, has been fighting for worldwide education since she was very young, writing about her life under the Taliban for the BBC when she was only 11 years old! She is the youngest Nobel Prize winner ever, as well as Pakistan’s National Youth Peace Prize and the 2013 Sakharov Prize. She has been listed as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, and for good reason; her efforts helped lead to the ratification of Pakistan’s first Right to Education Bill. All of this while under fatwā by the Taliban.
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for “Superman”) has a new documentary, He Named Me Malala, focused on Malala’s life, story, personal journey, and her commitment to fight for education for everyone.
He Named Me Malala is in theaters on October 2nd, 2015.