There are so many things that I want to know about Malala Yousafzai, and so many questions I would ask her if given the chance. Maybe that’s why I walked out of Davis Guggenheim’s documentary about her, He Named Me Malala, a little frustrated. I saw the story I already knew about her, with some brief and illuminating glimpses of her personal life, but I really didn’t learn anything new.
Malala started blogging under a pseudonym for the BBC when she was only 11-years-old. She detailed the Taliban’s occupation of her home in the Swat Valley of Pakistan, and how they didn’t want girls to be educated. Malala eventually went public and became an outspoken advocate for education and children’s rights. This is why she was targeted by the Taliban and shot in the face while riding a bus to school. Malala survived but the attack garnered worldwide attention and sparked global support for her cause. Continue reading →