Before she was shot in the head for fighting for girls’ rights to education, Malala Yousafazai was just an ordinary girl from Pakistan. But her survival shaped her future, and now she is a global activist, fearlessly campaigning for all girls to have the right to education.
As the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient, the 17-year-old sets the record straight about her life in a documentary, He Named Me Malala, directed by David Guggenheim.
Focusing on Malala’s home, parents, and her ordinary-turned-phenomenal life, the trailer is amazing, although she insists that she is still just an ordinary girl doing what feels naturally to her. ‘I think I have this opportunity to raise my voice and I believe I’m not just representing myself but I am speaking up for all girls who are deprived of education. There are about 66 million girls, and I think I’m speaking up for them,’ she told Jon Stewart of The Daily Show recently.
But she recognises the role her parents have played in her life. ‘I am still an ordinary girl. But if I had an ordinary father and mother then I would have two children now.’
He Named Me Malala is set to open in cinemas in October. Watch the trailer here and tell us what you think: