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“There’s a moment when you have to stand-up or be silent…”   2014 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai


Have you ever been in the presence of someone and their energy is so overwhelming that you can’t help but be drawn to them?  There are very few people who possess that aura and  it can’t be bought or manufactured. Mother Theresa, The Pope, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X…and Malala Yousafzai.

This teenaged political activist was thrust into the spotlight when she survived a gunshot to the head by the Taliban while speaking out on the need for education for young women in her Pakistani homeland.  Her fearlessness and efforts earned her the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.

Academy Award winning documentary director, Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting For Superman) gives us a glimpse into how, where, when and why Malala became the courageous young woman the world has come to respect and be inspired by.  From her close relationship to her father (who named her and inspired her love of education), her impassioned speeches at the United Nations, The Nigerian President, to her everyday life with family in the UK.

Finding myself laughing, crying and smiling during most of this film and was thoroughly enchanted with Guggenheim’s animation of the inspiration for her namesake…Malala.  Watching “He Named Me Malala” gave me renewed faith in humanity again.  It reiterated that “One child, One teacher, One Book and One pen can change the world” (quote from Malala).   I am looking forward to so much more from this young lady, who is well beyond her years in maturity and wisdom, to what her life and its impact does to continue to inspire young woman all over the world.


The Malala Fund (a non-profit)has been developed, invest in, advocates for and amplifies the voices of adolescent girls globally in a call to millions of other girls around the world and those who stand with them.  For more about the film (which opens on October 2) visit and if you want to support the film and Malala’s movement to educate women use #HeNamedMeMalala in all your social media posts.

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