In the fall of last year, New York City hosted a premiere for He Named Me Malala, a documentary film which chronicles the life of Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai. The movie title refers to the Afghani folk hero Malala Maiwand of after whom her father named her. Prominent figures attending the premiere included United Arab Emirates ambassador, Yousef Al Otaiba, Scarlett Johanssen, Ivanka Trump, Zosia Mamet, Elizabeth and Andrew Shue, and Hope Solo.
This film enumerates how fortunate she was to have survived after being gunned down as she was on her way home in a school bus, by a Taliban gunman who belonged to the organization that violently opposes girls’ education. The film also depicts certain events that led to this senseless act of violence short of a tragedy, and expresses her poignant attitude in pursuance of her relentless crusade. The film further explores the close bond with her father who stimulated her and supported her devotion to education, and her ardent speeches at the United Nations stressing universal education.
Malala was born in Pakistan July 12,1997 and is the youngest Nobel Prize Laureate known for human rights activism and struggles against cruel oppression for young girls and women of all ages, in her innate Swat Valley in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa domain of northwest Pakistan, where regional Taliban continuously prohibited girls for going to school.
Her outrage and fervent cry against this injustice had elevated into an international awareness movement.
In 2009, she wrote a blog under an alias for the BBC describing in segments her livelihood under Taliban control and their implacable intent to seize the entire domain, as well as voicing her opinions and encouragement for education for girls in Swat Valley.
South African activist Desmond Tutu elected her for the International Children’s Peace Prize. Malala rose in eminence giving interviews to the press and the media. Later that year journalist Adam B. Ellick wrote a New York Times documentary regarding her life as a Pakistani when militants infiltrated that sector.
In 2013, 2014, and 2015, issues of Time Magazine presented her as The 100 Most Influential People in The World. In 2013 she received Pakistan’s First National Youth Peace Prize along with the Sakharov prize. In 2014, she was bestowed the World Children’s Prize in Sweden, and later that year she acquired an Honorary Doctorate by the University of King’s College in Halifax. Malala is the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize along with Kailash Satyarthi for her struggle against suppression.
View photos from the New York premiere.