He Named Me Malala is going to inspire you. Like a lot. And while it might be tempting to skip it and catch the latest blockbuster instead, you really shouldn’t. Because Malala Yousafzai’s story deserves to be heard. The then fifteen-year-old won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 after falling victim to a brutal Taliban attack. She was then courageous enough to passionately advocate for girls’ education in Pakistan. Miraculously, she recovered from her gun wounds and her bravery garnered global support, leading to her becoming a world campaigner and co-founder of the Malala Fund. Here are 5 reasons why you need to give it a watch:
1). Malala was a teenager when she was shot on her school bus. Three years on, aged eighteen, she is delivering empowering speeches at the UN to enable young women to have access to the best education possible. If that’s not inspiration, we don’t know what is.
2). The close relationship between Malala and her Father, Zia, is accounted throughout. He was singled out along with his daughter for supporting the right for girls’ education – and is responsible for rooting her deep passion for the cause. No one can resist a poignant father-daughter bond least of all us.
3). You’ll be given a glimpse into a world that you are lucky enough to have never experienced. UNESCO reported that 1 million school-age girls from Ethiopia, Nigeria and Pakistan are uneducated. As Malala says: “Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human.”
4). You may have more in common with Malala than you think. She admits to Googling pictures of Brad Pitt too! But it’s not only that, she reminds us of the importance of what we all have lying on our desks, a book and pen, describing them as our most ‘powerful weapons’. Well, when she puts it like that…
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5). Forget the old mantra ‘you have as many hours in a day as Beyonce’ and adopt this new one: ‘Better to live like a lion for one day than a slave for 100 years’. If there is one thing this film will teach you, it is that you should never be held back by fear. If Malala can have a documentary-worthy life story before she’s hit her twenties, then you can go after that promotion.
He Named Me Malala is out the 6th November, watch the trailer here