He Named Me Malala is in select theaters on October 2nd.
United Nations: Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani education advocate, on Friday asked world leaders who are here to attend UN General Assembly to promise that every child will have the right to safe, free and quality primary and secondary education.
David Guggenheim, acclaimed documentary director of An Inconvenient Truth and Waiting for Superman goes behind the scenes with his subject and shows us how Malala, her father Zia and her family are committed to fighting for education for all girls worldwide. He Named Me Malala traces her story back to the moment the Taliban tried to assassinate her simply for speaking out about education for girls. “The dreams (the world leaders) have for their own children, I’m hopeful they will have the same dreams for the rest of the world’s children…. Each lantern we hold represents the hope we have for our future because of the commitments you have made to the global goals”, she said as each young person on the scene held up a blue light.
The film opens a facet of Malala’s life on the big screen and tells an inspiring story of how a teenage girl, who was shot in her head on her way to school in Pakistan in 2012 by Taliban, is undeterred by the threats and continues her fight for girls’ right to education.
Its overarching aims of reducing poverty and inequality and preserving the environment are expected to dovetail with an address to the General Assembly by Pope Francis immediately before the summit opens. She said she hoped to be able to meet him because she believed his words could ‘bring people together to work for the betterment of humanity’. “Children all share the same hope, for a better future”.
And hours later the 33-year-old Apprentice star was showing off her bump at the Ziegfeld Theater for the premiere. And he even met Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson!
And although the 18-year-old won the Nobel Peace Prize for her activism past year, that doesn’t mean she can always keep the peace with her siblings.