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He Named Me Malala Press Release

Malala Yousafzai captured the world’s attention when she was shot in the head by members of the Taliban while riding home on the school bus in Swat Valley, Pakistan, on October 9, 2012. Her recovery was closely followed by media outlets around the globe, and in 2014 Malala became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize Laureate at the age of 17. Now, Malala’s inspirational story is coming to the big screen through the new documentary, He Named Me Malala.

The documentary, which is opening on October 9 in the United States and worldwide in November, is a unique combination of interviews and news clips. Malala and her family open up their new home in England so viewers can understand what day-to-day life is for a teenaged international spokesperson. Segments from news programs that covered her attack and recovery are also featured.

Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman) and a team of filmmakers worked closely with the Yousafzai family in order to create this intimate portrait of a girl and her mission.

Free Curriculum Guide Available for Teachers

He Named Me Malala provides an excellent opportunity for thought-provoking classroom discussions and activities. A corresponding curriculum guide includes 10 lesson plans that cover a variety of subjects, from English and filmmaking to social studies and geography. The He Named Me Malala Curriculum Guide is available to download for free at http://journeysinfilm.org/download/he-named-me-malala-curriculum-guide/.

For teachers interested in taking their students to see the documentary in theaters, the Malala Fund (Malala’s nonprofit organization that aims to empower girls through education) is providing free school field trips for students to see the film in 25 cities across the United States. To learn more about this opportunity, please visit https://www.malala.org/students-stand-with-malala.

College & Community Outreach Discussion Guide

He Named Me Malala provides an excellent opportunity for thought-provoking discussions and activities. A corresponding discussion guide provides the opportunity to continue Malala’s work: to learn about the status of girls’ education in the world today, to discuss what you have read about girls’ education, to explore resources to learn more, and to seek ways to make a change in your own community and in the wider world.  The guide is designed for college courses and seminars (plus community screenings, panels, and workshops). The He Named Me Malala Discussion Guide is available to download for free at http://journeysinfilm.org/download/discussion-guide-malala/.