It’s possible to be a hero as well as a schoolgirl who struggles with her science homework.
The new documentary He Named Me Malala tells the story of Malala Yousafzai who, in the three years since she was shot in the head by the Taliban, has become a Nobel Peace Prize winner, fronted the cover of Time magazine and travelled the world as an activist for the rights of girls and women.
She has recently celebrated her 18th birthday.
He Named Me Malala documents the life of Malala, and focuses particularly on her close relationship with her father, himself a passionate educator and activist.
It’s directed by Oscar-winner Davis Guggenheim, who spent 18 months with the Yousafzai family and shows what the life of the Pakistani schoolgirl turned world-renowned activist is like.
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One day, she is exhorting the Nigerian prime minister to look after his citizens following the Boko Haram kidnappings; the next, she is googling her favourite cricket players, blushingly (favourite? Shane Watson) at home in Birmingham, where she and her family resettled after the shooting.
One day, she is being presented with an honorary degree from a prestigious university; the next she is lamenting her science exam result (“It’s really embarrassing — 73 per cent in biology!”) and dreading her GCSEs.
Guggenheim combines animation, photographs, archive footage and interviews to paint a picture of what Yousafzai’s life was like growing up in Pakistan with her schoolteacher dad Ziauddin Yousafzai, housewife mum Tor Pekai, and two younger brothers.
Ziauddin Yousafzai named his first child after Malalai, an Afghani Pashtun warrior from the 19th century whose words inspired the Afghan army to a victory against the British during the Second Anglo-Afghani War.