Film review: He Named Me Malala
A powerful, if reverential documentary on the girl who stood up against the Taliban
From the title of this documentary it is clear that this film is as much about 18-year- old Malala as it is about her father Ziauddin Yousafzai. Malala’s story is well known the world over—she being the Pakistani teenager who spoke up for a girl’s right to education, inspite of the Taliban. This invited the ire of intolerant rebels ruling the Swat valley, where Malala and her family lived. One day some rebels boarded her school bus, shot at her and injured two of her friends. The bullet penetrated her head and, even as she teetered between life and death in coma, the 15-year-old was airlifted to the UK for medical treatment. When she regained consciousness several days later, the film tells us, her first question was, “Where’s my father?"