Duration: 88 minutes
India Release Date: 06-NOV-2015
A look at the events leading up to the Taliban’s attack on Pakistani schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai, for speaking out on girls’ education followed by the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations.
Overall Review: He Named Me Malala is a uniquely crafted biopic & inspirational documentary to watch. Director Davis Guggenheim graciously guides the viewing audience into the life and times of Malala Yousafzi, who takes huge risks to stand up for girls’ rights to receive an education in Pakistan. When Malala is 15 years old, she makes public speeches about how she doesn’t think the Taliban is doing the right thing by blocking girls from getting an education. One morning on the way to school, members of the Taliban board Malala’s school bus, ask for her by name, and try to assassinate her. Malala is shot on the left side of her head and she miraculously survives. After her recovery, she continues to put her own life in danger by speaking out against the Taliban. Fast forward to 2014, at age 17, Malala is the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Documentary delivers its important message with grace and power.
Performance & Technical Review: The relationship between Malala and her father, Ziuddin Yousafzai is very strong and shown throughout the documentary. Malala said that she and her dad have two different bodies but they
share one soul. Director Davis Guggenheim’s portrays the strong bond between Father and a Daughter. Malala’s energy is remarkable and what this film shows is the humility, intelligence and bravery of a girl lucky to be alive. Guggenheim uses animation to tell the back story and Malala’s personality to illuminated the front.
PDF Verdict: Inspiring & Educational. A must-see for today’s Youth because it is intense. Film teaches us that we should stand up for what’s right and what we believe in no matter the consequences. That can be really difficult to do. The movie ends with the powerful statement: “When you Educate a Girl, It Changes HER world. It Changes OUR World.” He Named Me Malala is a Moving, Engrossing & Delightful documentary to watch.
Few Dialogues still echoes in my ear – “Education gives children – The Power To Question Things.”
/ “He Named Me Malala, He Didn’t Made Me Malala.”
Ratings: 3.5 on 5
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 4 on 5