Malala Yousafzai is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, she’s a regular speaker for social change and is one of the world’s most influential people. Now, director David Guggenheim has made a documentary about the extraordinary soul living the life or an ordinary teenager, He Named Me Malala.
She has already co-written a memoir and had the New York Times make a documentary dedicated to her story, but this documentary is a little different. ‘He Named Me Malala’ looks at life behind the scenes for Malala and the interactions she has with her family.
“I am an ordinary girl,” she says, “But if I had an ordinary father and an ordinary mother, I would have two children by now.”
She is remarkably down to earth and perceptive, and it’s fascinating that in between playing cards with her family, teasing her little brother, and Googling her crush Roger Federer, she has time to passionately appeal for education on behalf of the 66 million women in the world that do not have access to it.
It’s astounding just how ordinary she is, behind the scenes of her extraordinary life. At just 17, Malala founded the Malala Fund in an effort to raise awareness and funds for education for women. Then in 2014 she became the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. The documentary chronicles her journey with family by her side, and how she’s unafraid of the men who shot her all those years ago. “My father only gave me the name Malala, he didn’t make me Malala,” she says, as her parents look on full of admiration and pride. Read more here.
Malala truly is an inspiration, and the work she does is relevant to Career Girls all over the world. Without education, many of us wouldn’t be where we are today! If you’re interested in finding out about Malala’s work, click here.