New Film Documents Life of Pakistani Girl Targeted by Taliban

He Named Me Malala

Last year, Malala Yousafzai became the youngest Nobel Laureate when she won the Nobel Peace prize.

How she got there is an incredible story.

Malala's family ran a small chain of schools for girls in Pakistan.  Her father named her Malala after a mythical girl who was killed for standing up for what she believes in. Perhaps the name meant Malala was destined for greatness.

Even though she was just a young child, Malala spoke out for the rights of girls to get an education, something the Taliban in Pakistan, opposed.

In 2009, Malala wrote a blog for BBC detailing her life under the Taliban occupation. In 2012, she and her family were the targets of the Taliban. Malala was shot in the head.

Now, director Davis Guggenheim documents Malala's amazing journey from Pakistan to the world stage.

The film follows Malala from her home in Birmingham, England where she plays with her brothers and googles Hollywood hunks, to her meeting with President Obama and speaking to the United Nations.

Guggenheim says he was in awe of what Malala has accomplished and hopes girls across the world will be inspired by her story.


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