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He Named Me Malala Review

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Oscar-winning director Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) creates a riveting portrait of the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai. And it's her amazing story and magnetic personality that holds the attention, rather than the way Guggenheim reorders her life to punch the emotional buttons. Malala is a genuinely inspirational figure who has spent her entire life trying to make the world a better place. And she's still only 18.

The film explores her childhood in Swat Valley, northern Pakistan, where she was named by her father Ziauddin after a 19th century Afghan heroine who led the Pashtun fighters against British interlopers and was shot in the process. As a school teacher, Ziauddin instilled in Malala a love of education, so when the Taliban began to close schools to girls, she began speaking out, first anonymously in a blog and then bravely expressing herself in public amid threats of violence. And the Taliban responded by trying to kill her. She was shot in the head, but survived and fled to England with her family, where she recovered and continues to travel the world speaking eloquently about issues relating to education and refugees.

In its fly-on-the-wall segments in England, the film reveals Malala to be a fairly typical teen, engaging in cheeky rivalry with her younger brothers Kushai and Atal, who tease her about her crush on Roger Federer. And she also has a very strong bond with her father and her mother Toor, who has a moving story of her own. Intercut with this are scenes of Malala meeting world leaders including Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II, plus journalists like Jon Stewart. Clearly this young woman was a gifted speaker even before she was propelled onto the global stage, passionately discussing the right to education and the truth about her faith. "Islam teaches me humanity, equality and forgiveness," she says. "The Taliban aren't Muslims. They're not about faith, but power."

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Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head at the age of just 15 while travelling to school on a bus in Swat Valley, Pakistan. Her Taliban attacker targeted her for standing up for the right for girls to have an education. She was taken to hospital in London for life-saving treatment, and while she survived the ordeal, her father was told by doctors this his daughter may never be the same again; they weren't wrong. Since then, Malala has gone on to win the Nobel Peace Prize and has become an influential figure in fighting for female education in fundamentalist countries, co-founding the Malala fund and making heartfelt speeches at the UN. This incredibly brave young woman epitomises the phrase 'what doesn't kill you makes you stronger' in the most extreme way imaginable.

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Elisabeth Shue and Davis Guggenheim Wednesday 7th September 2011 Elisabeth Shue and her director husband Davis Guggenheim arrive at at Toronto Pearson International Airport for the Toronto International Film Festival Toronto, Canada

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