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MOMMY-MOVIE-REVIEW: “He Named Me Malala” Gives Us A Real-Life Katniss

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 →

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FREE MOVIE PASSES: Take Your Daughter To See “He Named Me Malala”

Sometimes I get mad at my children for not recognizing how blessed they are. That’s when I say something motherly, like “YOU DON’T KNOW HOW GOOD YOU’VE GOT IT!” Have those words ever worked on any child, anywhere? That’s probably why I took it a bit further during one motherly rant, and told my girls about Malala Yousafzai. I told them all about the little Pakistani girl who loved school, even though some people thought that she, being a girl, shouldn’t be educated. I also told them how she fought for this right and at 15-years-old, was shot because of it. Malala almost lost her life, but went on instead to become a student advocate AND the world’s youngest Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
I’m thrilled that Malala got her own documentary, but I’m even more excited that it’s directed by Davis Guggenheim. He made Waiting for Superman and won an Oscar for An Inconvenient Truth, so I think he might be able to do her story justice. He Named Me Malala opens October 9th and is rated PG-13. I’m taking both of my daughters to see it because it’ll certainly be more eye-opening that another Motherly Rant. If you’d like to join us, you can get free passes by clicking HERE.