He Named Me Malala

He Named Me Malala

Davis Guggenheim (2015)

PG Certificate


Our Score
The story of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who survived a Taliban ambush to become a global activist for female education and Nobel laureate, has played out at such length in the media, this documentary profile could easily feel surplus to requirements. Thankfully, director Davis Guggenheim reveals that her story is even more extraordinary than we suspected. Capturing her at home in Birmingham with her family and on her worldwide travels, he shows Malala to be both a giggly teenager and a powerful voice for social change. Remarkably, her school-principal father named her after a historical Afghani female fighter who inspired her nation to repel British colonial invaders, and while she's inherited his liberal political ideals, on this evidence Malala's amazing courage, determination and charisma are very much her own. There's an element of nuance showing her mother a somewhat subordinate figure in the household and suggesting that Malala is slightly isolated from girls her own age. Yet the overall effect is to offer a communicative, accessible and ultimately inspiring picture of a young woman who's an unlikely icon of hope for our times.


Premiere. Documentary following teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban when she was 15, having been targeted for her views on providing education for girls. She survived the incident, and went on to become a leading figure in the fight for global female education. The film follows her home life with her family as well as her public appearances, including addressing the United Nations.

Cast & Crew

Malala Yousafzai Malala Yousafzai
Ziauddin Yousafzai Ziauddin Yousafzai
Toor Pekai Yousalfzai Toor Pekai Yousafzai
Khushal Khan Yousafzai Khushal Khan Yousafzai
Atal Khan Yousafzai Atal Khan Yousafzai
Director Davis Guggenheim
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxReleased on: 6 Nov 2015