Nobel Peace Prize winner and activist Malala Yousafzai has inspired people all over the world with her message about the importance of education for girls. She inspired Meryl Streep to speak out on the issue. She inspired own her mother to resume her education. And she inspired Davis Guggenheim, the filmmaker behind the 2006 global warming documentary An Inconvenient Truth and 2010’s award-winning Waiting for Superman, to capture her story on film. That documentary, He Named Me Malala, hit theaters earlier this month.
In this exclusive featurette, “Stand With Malala” Guggenheim and producers Laurie MacDonald and Walter Parkes explain what drew them to Yousafzai’s story. “Educating Malala was giving her power, giving her liberation, giving her the ability to transform her town and inspire millions of people,” says Guggenheim.
Meanwhile, Yousafzai and her father—whose supportive relationship with his daughter is at the center of the film—discuss the importance of educating girls, and offering daughters the same opportunities parents offer to their sons. “I have been given a new life, and this life, this life is a sacred life,” says Yousafzai. “I want people to learn from the experience I had and the story of my life.”
- Mickey Guyton Is TIME's 2022 Breakthrough Artist of the Year
- The 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2022
- Column: What Elon Musk Gets Wrong About Free Speech
- The Forgotten Story of One of the First U.S. Soldiers Killed Overseas After Pearl Harbor
- Why You're More Likely to Get Sick in the Winter, According to New Research
- Column: What the Protests Tell Us About China's Future
- 18 Last-Minute Gifts for Everyone on Your List
- Despite World Cup Heartbreak, the Future Looks Bright for Men's Soccer in the U.S.