He Named Me Malala
Director: Davis Guggenheim
Malala Yousafzal, a Pakistani student who transformed into an advocate for women’s right to education, survived an assassination attempt by the Taleban and became the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17. Davis Guggenheim’s hagiographic and respectful documentary uses interviews, media footage, and animated dramatisation to tell the story of Malala the activist (and to depict the close relationship she has with her father Ziauddin Yousafzai). The film spends disappointingly few minutes to humanise its heroine or to question if this extraordinary teenager skipped her childhood.