He Named Me Malala makes for fascinating viewing

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“One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution”

The highly anticipated documentary, ‘He Named Me Malala’ has just opened in cinemas and it is most definitely worth the wait.

Global children’s charity, Plan International Ireland, hosted a preview screening of the much talked about ‘He Named Me Malala’ in The Light House Cinema on the 28th October.

The City went along to see if it lived up to all the hype, and we can safely say it did.

The documentary, directed by the renowned Davis Guggenheim, follows the life of 18-year-old human rights activist, Malala Yousafzai. Malala made headlines back in 2012 after she was shot in the face by the Taliban in response to her acting as an advocate for girls’ rights to education in her home town in Swat Valley, Pakistan. The shooting attracted media attention from around the world, turning Malala into an overnight celebrity.

Guggenheim tells her remarkable story in an engaging and relatable manner. He focuses a lot on her family life and allows us to get an insight into the world of the Nobel Peace Prize Winner.

The focus on her family life makes for fascinating viewing. We see her squabbling with her siblings, struggling with her physics homework and worrying about her GCSEs – not something you’d think a girl of such influence and caliber would be doing.

Although Guggenheim has focused a lot on her family and her life in general, the focal point of Malala’s empowering message remained the focus throughout the documentary.

It is evident that Malala is wise beyond her years and she won’t let anything phase her, even when speaking to the United Nations after the shooting, she didn’t victimise herself. She showed herself to be dedicated, selfless and determined, stating that, “They thought the bullet would silence us, but they failed.”

The documentary definitely did justice to Malala’s cause as well as her endearing, quirky personality. There won’t be one person who leaves the movie theatre not feeling a little more empowered to change the world we live in.

Plan International

David Dalton CEO of Plan International was delighted they could host the exclusive preview screening of this inspiring documentary, as part of their global Because I am a Girl campaign.

“Malala’s story is intrinsically linked to Plan International’s Because I am a Girl campaign, and to be able to host this event is great for us. Together, we advocate for a girl’s right to education,” he said.

Because I am a Girl is the world’s largest gender equality movement, so Plan International thought it would be fitting to host the screening of He Named Me Malala, as they share a common vision with this inspirational activist.

“Here at Plan International, we share her vision for change. We recognise that a girl in the developing world faces overwhelming odds from the day she’s born – she is denied basic rights, is more likely to suffer from malnutrition than her brother, can be coerced to marry a man she has never met, let alone loves and worse.

“Yet at Plan International, we know the solution. It’s school. It’s learning. It is not just the right thing to do; it is the smart thing to do. When girls are educated, communities thrive and economies grow. Already, we are seeing success in our programmes and we want to do more,” concluded Dalton.

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