“One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.”
– Malala Yousafzai
National Geographic Channel has joined forces with Fox Searchlight Pictures for the global theatrical release of Academy Award winner Davis Guggenheim’s upcoming feature documentary HE NAMED ME MALALA, an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.
The documentary offers a look into Malala’s life both before and following the attack. Fifteen at the time of the incident, she was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education. The shooting sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. Malala miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.
With this partnership, the National Geographic Channel and National Geographic Society will join the global launch campaign to support the theatrical release this October. Additionally, the film will air on the National Geographic Channel in 171 countries and 45 languages in 2016.
As a leader in bringing stories of global importance to the largest audience possible, the National Geographic Channel is honored to be a partner in this project, dedicating our collective resources to bring Malala’s important journey and advocacy for girls’ education to millions of people worldwide.
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth,” “Waiting for Superman”) examines how Malala, her father Zia, and her family are committed to fighting for education for all girls worldwide. The film delivers 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 United Nations, to joking around at home with her parents and brothers.
The launch of the film will also coincide with an international advocacy and fundraising campaign in partnership with the Malala Fund, Malala’s nonprofit organization working to empower adolescent girls globally through a quality secondary education.
Watch the Trailer for HE NAMED ME MALALA: