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Documentary About Malala Yousafzai Picked Up By Fox Searchlight

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He Named Me Malala, a documentary about Malala Yousafzai directed by Davis Guggenheim will get a global release by Fox Searchlight. Right on.


Guggenheim’s previous films include An Inconvenient Truth and Waiting for Superman. He began filming He Named Me Malala in mid-2012, and it’s described as “a look at the events leading up to the Taliban’s attack on the young Pakistani school girl, Malala Yousafzai, for speaking out on girls’ education and the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations.” While Malala’s origin story has been pretty meticulously documented by other reporters, Fox has the rights to screen the movie globally, which makes it a great opportunity for her to share her life’s work with the world. As The Hollywood Reporter notes:

“Spending the last 18 months with Malala, her father Ziauddin and their family has been one of the great experiences of my life,” added Guggenheim, director of 2007’s Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth. “Now that Fox Searchlight is joining Image Nation and Participant Media, we have the opportunity to share their moving story with the world.”


Tied to the movie’s release will be a campaign to fundraise for Yousafzai’s Malala Fund, the organization through which she raises money to help girls around get the education they need and deserve.

Image via Tanya Malott for the Malala Fund

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I have nothing but respect and admiration for Mrs. Yousafzai and i hope this movie makes it out where i live, but i have my doubts. I live in flyover country and it’s rare for these kind of movies to come out here but hopefully i’m wrong.