So far you must have known Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Peace Prize Winner and about the dreadful incident that changed her entire life. But very few know about the girl she was before being shot by the Taliban.
Director Davis Guggenheim is all set to introduce the world to Malala’s untouched moments when she used to live a peaceful life with her family in Pakistan.
A special screening of the film was kept at the Ziegfeld Theatre, where the team of “He Named Me Malala” was present along with Malala and her father.
After the premiere, director Guggenhim chit chatted with Mr. Ziauddin Yousafzai and asked how the film changed their life. To which he replied, “I’m happy that now world will now get to my daughter as a normal girl” according to Hollywood Reporter.
He furher adds, “It makes me feel proud when I see the same dedication of her towards the education. She manages to do all the work so well whether it is her writing or her speeches at United Nation.”
The film revolves around Malala’s relationship with her family, especially with her father and throws light on the question why she was the only one targeted by the Taliban.
The film is produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, who got the idea to give a voice and picture to the autobiography of Malala called, “I am Malala: the girl who stood up for education and was shot by Taliban”. They met Yousafzai with the proposal of making the film in England and the family really liked it.
Director Davis Guggenheim is well recognized for his work in “Waiting for Superman” and “An Inconvenient Truth”, wanted to present Malala’s story from a different angle and hence chose the side of Malala’s father, to whom he likes to refer as “a great father”.
He says, “I would spend time with this beautiful family and go 7,000 miles home to my family in Los Angeles, and I’d say, ‘Am I as good a dad as Malala’s father? Do my daughters feel as courageous and powerful? I’m trying to become a better father. I’m trying to become as good a father as this Muslim man in Pakistan.”
“If you want to see change, speak up. Do not wait for someone else. If anyone can bring change that is only you.” Malala said at the end of the event.
The film will released on International Peace Day in October 2.