He Named Me Malala

He Named Me Malala
He Named Me Malala
  • PG-13
  • 1h 27m
  • 2015
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This inspiring documentary about courage, survival, and triumph over adversity tells the remarkable story of teenager Malala Yousafzai, who was attacked by Taliban gunmen in Pakistan for advocating girls’ education. Rather than be silenced, Malala emerged as a global voice for the education rights of children, and in December 2014, became the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: He Named Me Malala spotlights a worthy subject, but without the focus her story deserves.
Gary M. Kramer

It's a shame that Guggenheim's slickly produced documentary examines such an important and fascina...

June 25, 2017
Globe and Mail
Brad Wheeler

The result is a film more educational than engrossing; high schoolers should see it - the rest of...

June 25, 2017
Detroit News
Tom Long

While Malala's saintly status is front and center, there are lingering, disquieting and incomplete...

June 25, 2017
San Diego Reader
Matthew Lickona

The chief draw here, of course, is Malala herself: an irrepressible, earnest voice for the oppress...

June 25, 2017
Seattle Times
Soren Andersen

Truly a remarkable person.

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Inspiring, deeply affecting docu explores teen icon's life.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Davis Guggenheim's documentary He Named Me Malala is a moving, engrossing, sometimes disturbing, but also delightful documentary about Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, an uncommonly brave teenage girl who's also a world-renowned human rights activist. The film is frank about everything that led to Malala's shooting in 2012, including the increasingly turbulent politics that fed into the event and the subsequent challenges she faced -- and continues to face -- as she moves forward. While there's no graphic imagery that directly reveals the extent of her injuries, viewers do see bloody pictures of the vehicle she was riding in, as well as surgery-prep scenes, and there's news footage showing how almost everyone expected her to die. That, combined with the film's other references to violence and images of gunfire, threats, and explosions, make it too intense for younger viewers, but older tweens and up are likely to find the movie's messages about courage, the importance of education, and standing up for your beliefs absolutely inspiring.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Documentary
  • Release Date:October 2, 2015
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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