THE inspiring story of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai is coming to cinema screens in the form of a documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Davis Guggenheim
THE inspiring story of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai is coming to cinema screens in the form of a documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Davis Guggenheim.
He Named Me Malala is an intimate portrait of the teenage girl who was targeted by the Taliban for the crime of going to school.
The attack in October 2012 saw the then 15-year-old severely wounded when a gunman fired three shots at her as she returned home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.
Malala and her father Ziauddin had been singled out for advocating girls’ education and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world.
She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.
Malala has famously said: “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.”
To mark the film’s release, the South Hill Park arts centre in Bracknell has invited youth activist Arifa Nasim to introduce it and host a Q&A at a special screening on Sunday, January 10.
Arifa, 18, is the same age as Malala and has been appointed one of the UK’s official youth delegates to the United Nations.
She will discuss issues including honour violence, forced marriage, female genital mutilation and the need for female empowerment and education.
South Hill Park chief executive Ron McAllister said: “We are privileged to welcome UN Youth Ambassador Arifa Nasim to speak with passion and authority on such a vital topic as international youth rights and education. This is a significant event in our 2016 cinema programme.”
Arifa said: “There is something about Malala that makes people sit up and think ‘Wow, what an extraordinary young woman. She is a campaigner, an activist and a source of inspiration to all. I want to show people how they can follow in her footsteps, and how they can be active on issues they are passionate about. If she can do it, we can all do it.”
He Named Me Malala is showing at 3pm on Sunday, January 10. Tickets are £8.60 (£7.60 concessions).
To book, call the box office on 01344 484123 or visit www.southhillpark.org.uk