"The most extraordinary thing about Malala's story is her family, their relationships and the choices they made in their lives." Davis Guggenheim (Director)
The compelling and moving story of Malala Yousafzai, the 18-year-old Nobel Peace prize winner who survived a shooting by Taliban gunmen to become a fierce campaigner for girls' right to education, and an intimate portrait of her family and their culture.
Malala Yousafzai is justifiably a household name worldwide. At fifteen, she survived a bullet to the head shot by a Taliban fighter seeking to silence her activism on behalf of girls' education in her Swat Valley home of Pakistan. The attack sparked international outrage. She miraculously survived, moving with her family to the UK, and has since emerged as a leading campaigner for the rights of children worldwide and in December 2014, became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. 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 speech at the UN, to her everyday life with her parents and brothers. Filmed over eighteen intensive months that Guggenheim spent with the Yousafzai family in the United Kingdom and on the road in Nigeria, Kenya, Abu Dhabi and Jordan, the film is a chance to get to know Malala, her father Ziauddin, her mother Toor Pekai and brothers Khushal and Atal who helped forge the young woman that she is becoming. This is the story behind Malala's culture and childhood, the story behind a family that said no to tyranny and the unseen aftermath of a shattering event that turned a brave schoolgirl into a campaigner known around the world.
2015 TORONTO, HAMBURG, SAN DIEGO AUDIENCE AWARD
Davis Guggenheim studied American history at Brown University. He directed episodes of NYPD Blue (1995-96), 24 (2002), and Deadwood (2004). His documentaries include It Might Get Loud (2008), Waiting for 'Superman' (2010), and From the Sky Down (2011), as well as An Inconvenient Truth (2006), winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary. He Named Me Malala (2015) is his latest film.