The name Malala has become synonymous with power each individual has to change the world. The young girl, was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when she was returning home from school in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old (who turns 18 this July), was singled out along with her father because they were advocating for and encouraging the right of a girl to get an education. Despite their attempts to suppress her voice, she instead rose above to become the poster child for women’s rights. The attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund. Director Davis Guggenheim of the Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth, has made a documentary about Malala called He Named Me Malala that will open in select US theaters this fall on October 2nd. The trailer to the film premiered on The Daily Show during a special sit-down interview between host Jon Stewart and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman) shows us how Malala, her father Zia and her family are committed to fighting for education for all girls worldwide. The film gives us an inside glimpse into this extraordinary young girl’s life – from her close relationship with her father who inspired her love for education, to her impassioned speeches at the UN, to her everyday life with her parents and brothers.
“One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.” – Malala
Watch Malala’s two-part interview with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show here: