He Named Me Malala

Synopsis: A look at the events leading up to the Taliban's attack on Pakistani schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai, for speaking out on girls' education followed by the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Davis Guggenheim
Production: 20th Century Fox
  Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 6 wins & 19 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
88 min



we all settled? We all good?

Pull it up one more time.

Yeah, sure.

Okay, so...

Tell me that story.


Before l was born...

when l was in the tummy

of my mother...

my father would always

say a tappa, a Pashtun story.

lf you look

at the world map...

on the east side, you can find

a country called Afghanistan.

Long ago, it had a fight

with another country

called England.

The Afghan people,

they were losing hope.

And a teenager

saw the fighters running away.

She goes up to the mountain.

She raised her voice.


Which simply means...

it is better to live

like a lion for one day...

than to live like a slave

for a hundred years.

She encouraged the people

of Afghanistan.



She led the army

to a great victory.

But she was shot...

and she died

on that battlefield.

Her name was Malalai.

When l was in coma,

l had these terrible dreams.

And l was thinking

that l was dead.


Lying near death...


A 15-year-old was shot

for standing up

to the Taliban.

Tonight, Malala

remains in intensive care.

She was shot

in the head by the Taliban...

for daring to suggest

girls should go to school.

Now millions

around the world

are watching to see...

if she will die for her cause.

When l opened

my eyes...

l did not know where l was.

l realized

that this is not my country.

And l thought, ''No one knows

what's my name. ''

l saw nurses and doctors.


When she first woke up,

her first question was...

''Where's my father?''

We were thinking,

''What Malala

will be thinking?''

''l was a child.

You should have stopped me.

''What has happened to me

is because of you. ''

lt is an honor for me

to be speaking again...

Come, Malala, come!

What is the problem?

I Iost my shoes.


It's okay.



Don't make tea Iike this, Dad.


I don't Iike it Iike this.

It's okay, try it.


AtaI Khan Yousafzai,

I'm waiting for you

to take breakfast.



This is

my youngest brother.

He's a reaIIy good boy.

He has a Iot of energy.

He wouId demand us that,

''Oh, I want to pIay goIf,

and I want to''...

-This is the Iaziest one.


You see?

Look at the first impression!


One, two, three. Start.

His name is

KhushaI Khan Yousafzai, and...

and he's a okay boy.

Wait, wait, wait!

You don't get to

use two hands.


This is MaIaIa Yousafzai.

She's the naughtiest girI

on the earth.

One, two, three, go.

It's not fair.

Come on, then.





You are somebody's son!


PeopIe think

that she is reaIIy kind

and she speaks

for peopIe's rights...

but that's not true.

In home, she is so vioIent.

I'm not vioIent!

I wouId request my brother...

not to say any bad thing

about me.

He shouId onIy praise me.

I pIay with them,

I fight with them.

I get a IittIe bit naughty,

but that's fine.

That's my right.

She's a IittIe bit naughty.

That much.

What does she do?

She just sIaps me every time

when I meet her.

When I come from schooI.

When my brother's fighting

with me,

you come and rescue me.

When I go to your room,

you sIap me there as weII!



kind of confusing.

Save me from one

and hit me in the other one.

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Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai (Malālah Yūsafzay: Urdu: ملالہ یوسفزئی‬‎; Pashto: ملاله یوسفزۍ‎ [məˈlaːlə jusəf ˈzəj]; born 12 July 1997) is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. She is known for human rights advocacy, especially the education of women and children in her native Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Her advocacy has grown into an international movement, and according to Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, she has become "the most prominent citizen" of the country.Yousafzai was born to a Pashtun family in Mingora, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Her family came to run a chain of schools in the region. Considering Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Benazir Bhutto as her role models, she was particularly inspired by her father's thoughts and humanitarian work. In early 2009, when she was 11–12, she wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC Urdu detailing her life during the Taliban occupation of Swat. The following summer, journalist Adam B. Ellick made a New York Times documentary about her life as the Pakistani military intervened in the region. She rose in prominence, giving interviews in print and on television, and she was nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize by activist Desmond Tutu. On 9 October 2012, while on a bus in the Swat District, after taking an exam, Yousafzai and two other girls were shot by a Taliban gunman in an assassination attempt in retaliation for her activism; the gunman fled the scene. Yousafzai was hit in the head with a bullet and remained unconscious and in critical condition at the Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology, but her condition later improved enough for her to be transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, UK. The attempt on her life sparked an international outpouring of support for Yousafzai. Deutsche Welle reported in January 2013 that Yousafzai may have become "the most famous teenager in the world". Weeks after the attempted murder, a group of fifty leading Muslim clerics in Pakistan issued a fatwā against those who tried to kill her. Taliban officials responded to condemnation by further denouncing Yousafzai, indicating plans for a possible second assassination attempt which was justified as a religious obligation. Their statements resulted in further international condemnation.Following her recovery, Yousafzai became a prominent activist for the right to education. Based out of Birmingham, she founded the Malala Fund, a non-profit organisation, and in 2013 co-authored I am Malala, an international best seller. In 2012, she was the recipient of Pakistan's first National Youth Peace Prize and the 2013 Sakharov Prize. In 2014, she was the co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, along with Kailash Satyarthi. Aged 17 at the time, this made her the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. In 2015, Yousafzai was a subject of the Oscar-shortlisted documentary He Named Me Malala. The 2013, 2014 and 2015 issues of Time magazine featured her as one of the most influential people globally. In 2017, she was awarded honorary Canadian citizenship and became the youngest person to address the House of Commons of Canada. Yousafzai attended Edgbaston High School from 2013 to 2017, and is currently studying for a bachelor's degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. more…

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