He Named Me Malala is a wonderful movie for the family. I was already somewhat familiar with the story of Malala, the young girl who was brutally attacked by Taliban gunmen in Pakistan for advocating girls’ education, but this film tells much more of her story than I knew. It really is a truly inspirational story of the power of a small group to make a very great difference. As a parent of girls I am especially happy to be able to share this film with our oldest daughter as she looks for her own voice in the world. Although the messages in the documentary are great for everyone in the family, I do recommend that you share the movie only with your adolescent or older kids. The labeling says for ages 12+ and I think that’s probably a pretty good call. Our 9-year-old is fairly mature, but the content is a little more real than she is ready for right now – at least from a documentary. I can’t wait to share it with her when she is a little older though.
The film largely covers Malala’s impact on the world following her attack at the hands of militants. She truly is a global voice for the education and rights of all children. What is so incredible is that not only did Malala Yousafzai survive and find an increased volume for her advocacy efforts, but she won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for her work (that makes her the youngest ever to win the prestigious honor). If there is a more convincing example of girl power I don’t know what it is. In a day and age when pop-music stars present themselves as ‘role models’ for our kids, it is incredible to be able to share a true model of possibility and character with our daughter.
This documentary film is rated PG-13 and runs 88 minutes in length. A great feature of the film is that it provides information about how you (and your kids) can get involved in the work begun by Malala through involvement in the Malala Fund. This is a great choice for your next family movie night (ages 12+) and a wonderful inspiration to begin a brave new year with a goal worthy of your family’s efforts and energies. How many opportunities do we have to encounter a real-life hero in contemporary times? This is one girl you can be proud for your kids to adopt as a role model.
The video is available on DVD and for download now (it was released on December 15), so pick it up today if you haven’t seen it!
Have you seen the film? What did you and your kids think about the story of Malala?