He named me Malala film review

UK release date: 6/11/15

Runtime: 87 minutes

Directed by: Davis Guggenheim

Starring: Malala Yousafzai, Ziauddin Yousafzai, Toor Pekai Yousafzai, Khushal Yousafzai, Atal Yousafzai

A documentary about Malala Yousafzia, a young girl who got shot in the face at the close range for speaking up about the right for girls to have an education.

Like most people, I heard about Malala on the news after it happened, but the documentary gives you is the build up to that moment, so much happened before the shooting that I hadn’t known about it.

It’s told in a more film like documentary way, rather than a straight up fact giving documentary, and is often narrated by Malala and other people connected to the events, such as her father. It is also spattered with beautiful animations that I loved.

I can understand now how Malala grew up to be the strong and courageous girl she is and that’s down to her father. You come to see what an amazing man he is.

It shows ordinary, (in an extraordinary way), the whole family they are. They’ve all got an amazing sense of humour that had me laughing, (when I wasn’t crying).

The film doesn’t focus entirely on Malala, which lessens the impact slightly, but It gives an insight to the plight of other girls and what was happening in her home country, which I think is worth the sacrifice.

To sum up, well made, has a wider focus than on just Malala, emotional

Was it worth the watch? Yes

Would I re-watch? No

Stars: 4/6

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