This first look of a documentary on Malala Yousafzai’s life is sure to give you goosebumps
The American documentary film He Named Me Malala directed by Davis Guggenheim gives us a peek into Malala Yousafzai’s life.
“There’s a moment when you have to choose whether to be silent or to stand up.” And Malala bravely chose the latter for which she was shot by the Taliban while heading for home on school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The roaring guns couldn’t silence her. After her miraculous recovery, now, she is the voice of those 66 million girls who are deprived of education.
Her proud announcement fills every girl with pride: “I am those 66 million girls who are deprived of education. I am not a lone voice. I am many. And our voices are our most powerful weapons.”
Today she has the distinction of being the youngest Nobel Peace Prize Winner. But she maintains her “ordinary” image. When one interviewer asks, “Who would you have been if you were just an ordinary girl from the Swat Valley?”, she gives us the rude awakening: “I am still an ordinary girl. But if I had an ordinary father and an ordinary mother, then I would have two children now.”
The advocate for girls’ education, who has always said that a woman is more powerful than a man, also asserts how 1 child, 1 teacher, 1 book and 1 pen together can change the world.
The video opens a window to her personal life. She is every bit of a teenager at 17. “A little bit naughty” as her little bro brands her. And she lets out a sheepish chuckle at the humble proposition of dating. Well, he has booked his dream boy; Roger Federer.
The trailer rounds off with Malala’s avowal of being herself, no matter what. “My father only gave me the name Malala. He didn’t make me Malala…I chose this life and now I must continue with it.”
The docu-film will hit select theatres on October 02.