Sara Ruberg ‘18
He Named Me Malala- 5 out of 5 stars
The movie He Named Me Malala recently came out on October 11th, 2015. The movie was chosen to premiere precisely on the national “Day of the Girl.”
He Named Malala takes place in Malala Yousafzai new home in Birmingham where she lives with her two brothers and parents. The documentary shows her life as a student, a teenager, and a role model all at age seventeen. Malala and her father narrate the story of their life in Pakistan through detailed animation. Many important events in their life that took place in their home country were not recorded. Clips of their speeches and protests that actually were recorded were briefly shown throughout the documentary.
Malala Yousafzai and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, are both activists for education to all children, especially girls. When Malala was very young, the Taliban took control of her country and banned all girls to be educated. Although she knew that standing up for her rights to an education could get her killed, she continued to protest. Her father never stopped her and he continued to teach her.
On October 9, 2012 at age fifteen, the Taliban entered Malala’s school bus. After the terrorists asked who Malala was, she spoke up and said, “I am Malala.” She was shot on the left side of her head.
Malala was left in critical condition but survived the shooting. Today she continues to fight for the rights of all children to have 12 years of an education and speaks up for women’s rights in third world countries.
Malala Yousafzai is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize which she received in 2014. She has also written a book about her life and the terrorism that has devoured her country. Her book, I Am Malala, came out in October of 2013.
Malala and her family are now in a safe haven in the United Kingdom, but continue to be a target of the Taliban today.
The documentary, He Named Me Malala, has included these stories plus many more in further detail. I do not recommend that small children see the movie, some parts are very gruesome. There are photos and videos of dead bodies and the blood on the bus after Malala was shot.
Although, do not let these few morbid scenes persuade you from viewing the film. The movie is a very powerful piece, it shows the reality of these young girls in awful conditions and raises awareness to the increasing problem. Currently there are over 60 million girls in the world who do not have access to any education.
My favorite part of the film was seeing the role model, UN speaker, and Nobel Peace Prize winner just being a regular teenager. It showed that despite all of the traumatic events that have happened to her, she stills manages to be a regular girl. It also shows that Malala is a down to earth girl and does not care about fame.
I recommend that anyone who is mature enough to see the amazing movie can spend that extra ten dollars to see this influential girl on the big screen.
“One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world,”-MalalaYousafzai speaking at the United Nations after her recovery on her sixteenth birthday.
Check out the Official Trailer: He Named Me Malala Trailer