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He Named Me Malala (2015) — Pakistan.He Named Me Malala (2015) — Pakistan

If you haven't read the 2013 book I Am Malala, then this film might be worth your while, but if you did read the inspirational story of Malala Yousafzai, then this docu-drama doesn't add anything new. The movie combines archival footage, photographs, filming her unusual family life in England, and even animation.  In this awkward telling, she's both a global activist and a giggly teenager.  A few current scenes take us with Malala to places like Syria, Nigeria, and Kenya.  But most of the movie is old history, of how she was eleven years old when the Taliban took over her Swat Valley in northwestern Pakistan in 2008. They bombed everything — power stations, a ski lift, hotels, funerals, and over 400 schools. They conducted public whippings and hangings, and beheaded over 1400 fellow Muslims.  When she was fifteen, on October 9, 2012, a Taliban gunman fired three shots at point blank range at Malala as she rode home on her school bus. By that time she was already an international icon as an outspoken critic of all forms of violence and oppression, and an advocate for education for girls. In October 2014, at the age of 17, she became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.  In one worthy spin-off, National Geographic acquired broadcasting rights to the film and is airing it in 171 countries in 45 languages.

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