Magazine article U.S. Catholic

He Named Me Malala

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

He Named Me Malala

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HE HAMED ME MALALA

Davis Guggenheim (Fox Searchlight, 2015)

Heading in to watch the documentary He Named Me Malala, I expected to be moved. After all, what isn't moving about Malala Yousafzai's life story? Recruited at 12 years old to blog anonymously for the BBC, she reported on the growing power of the Taliban in Pakistan's Swat Valley, where she lived. When the Taliban's leader declared it was un-Islamic for girls to be educated, she continued to attend school and began speaking publicly against the fundamentalist movement. When she was 15, a Taliban gunman shot her in the head in an attempted assassination. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.

Given the familiarity of Malala's story, I didn't expect to be surprised by Davis Guggenheim's documentary. Some of it does feel like a highlight reel: Malala meets Queen Elizabeth! Malala goes on The Daily Show with Jon Steward But when the film focuses on her family life rather than her public persona, it becomes much more interesting. …

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