He Named Me Malala | Film review - Youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate inspires stirring documentary

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Survivor of an assassination attempt by the Taliban at the age of 15 and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize at 17, Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai is truly one of the most remarkable young people on the planet. This stirring documentary from Davis Guggenheim, maker of the Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth, uses a mix of interviews, news footage and animation to celebrate Malala's extraordinary achievements as a fearless advocate for female education. But He Named Me Malala gives us glimpses of her home life in Birmingham, too, so we see the girl who teases her little brothers as well as the public figure feted by world leaders.

Certificate PG. Runtime 86 mins, Director Davis Guggenheim

He Named Me Malala is available on DVD from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and is showing on National Geographic from Tuesday 1st March.


Jason Best

A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.