He Named Me Malala: An Intimate Portrait of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate


“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.

He Named Me Malala

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:


  1. Lori
    Grand Rapids, mi
    June 21, 2015, 9:16 pm

    I am watching “Ann Frank’s Holocaust” right now. It’s a good show up for one thing: most of the show is tiny little badly type-written words on the screen. It is vital information because the people who are speaking don’t repeat anything that posted. But you can’t read the words unless you are standing right in front of the TV. Seriously….you have to stand right in front of your TV to pick up most of the show. This is awful. Whoever put this together, if it is really necessary for you to have these messed up letters as the biggest part of your show, then at least make them large enough to read. I am going to watch something else now because I’m so tired of missing most of what is going on here.