(2015) (Documentary) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Documentary: A chronicle of Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in history who was shot by the Taliban in Pakistan for publicly championing girls' education.
- In October 2012, 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai boarded her school bus in Pakistan and was almost immediately shot three times by a Taliban assassin, including once in her forehead. She was targeted for advocating in public the importance of educating girls. The oppressive Taliban had been bombing schools throughout the country and was seeking to ban females from all learning.
Remarkably, Malala was not killed. She spent a long while in a coma and eventually had to learn all sorts of motor and language skills again upon waking up. But her will remained strong even as she and her family were forced to flee Pakistan and never return. She wrote a best-selling book about her life and became a worldwide crusader for educating girls and women, speaking to the United Nations, visiting Third World countries, appearing on "The Daily Show," and visiting President Obama in the White House. In 2014, she would become the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
But her journey to celebrity and advocacy was indeed a painful one, and her activist-teacher father, Ziauddin, often wonders if it was his fault that his daughter was maimed and forever scarred. Malala, meanwhile, is also shown in everyday life. She has to deal with school studies; her lack of dating experience; her quarrels with her younger brothers, Toor and Atal; and Khushal, a traditionalist mother who Malala feels sorry for due to her lack of education.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Some might. The film is told from the perspective of 18-year-old Malala, who was 15 when she was shot by the Taliban while advocating girls' education.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For thematic elements involving disturbing images and threats.
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