Run time: 88mins

Director: Davis Guggenheim

Cast: Malala Yousafzai, Ziauddin Yousafzai

Synopsis: An intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.  The then 15-year-old was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.

URL: https://www.facebook.com/HeNamedMeMalalaUK/?fref=ts


This is the film that everyone should see.  Oscar winning director, Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, 2006) uses animation, archive footage and new interviews with the now 18-year old Malala and her father, Ziauddin to retell her incredible story.

Having been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, Malala now campaigns around the world against injustice and for education.

We learn the story behind Malala’s name – from the teenage Pashtun ‘Joan of Arc’ who inspired the Afghan forces to fight on against the British Imperialists during the 1880 Battle of Maiwand.  We also see Malala’s warm and sincere relations with her brothers, her worries about her school grades and interest in cricketers and film stars.

A truly inspirational and extraordinary person, Malala has remained level headed and humble as she passionately and tirelessly campaigns for education and against injustice.  This film is a fitting tribute to a true hero for our times.

Images courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox