Malala Yousafzai, the teenage education activist and women’s right campaigner, visited The Daily Show last night (18th June) to show an exclusive clip from a new documentary following her life.
He Named Me Malala, is directed by Davis Guggenheim – the man behind An Inconvenient Truth. The film is both a celebration of Malala’s achievements and an inside look at the life of a teenage girl who is single-handedly changing the world through her powerful and inspirational speeches.
Malala was nearly killed by the Taliban in 2012 while on her way home from school in Pakistan. She was emergency air-lifted to London for brain surgery to remove the bullets from her head.
Malala has since become known for her activism regarding the rights of children -and particularly girls – to receive an education. “There’s a moment when you have to choose whether to be silent or to stand up,” Malala says in the film’s trailer. She was recently awarded the Noble Peace prize in recognition of her brave work.
The trailer hints that the movie will also show a side of Malala that isn’t always visible during her political appearances – the things that make her a normal teenager, who loves to hang out and play cards with her friends.
We also get the chance to see the origins of Malala’s name, ‘You named her after a woman who spoke out and was killed,” the narrator says to her father. “It’s almost as if you were setting her up to be different.”
The film is set for release on 2nd October 2015. You can pledge yourself a viewer of the film via Malala’s Facebook page. Watch the trailer below.