Film Review: I was inspired by the Film: 'He Named Me Malala'

Film Review: I was inspired by the Film: 'He Named Me Malala

By:  Afshan Naheed Hashmi, PhD, C(ASCP), RAC


Hello Readers,


I was honored to be a guest of Fox Search Light Pictures ( courtesy DC Filmmakers). Thanks for giving me this opportunity to see this documentary in a special screening  so that I can write my review for my fans and audience worldwide.  


I love Hollywood and Bollywood and these both creative industries have always inspired me. Women empowerment  and helping underprivileged is a cause which is very close to my heart. Keeping that in mind certain part of my book sales would go towards philanthropy.  .


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Today, Malala  Yousafzai, is not only an inspirational story ,but a movement and ideology. Malala does not need any introduction and she is the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. as well  as a  Pakistani activist . Director Davis Guggenheim, who made the Oscar-winning "An Inconvenient Truth", did a wonderful job in paying tribute to Malala and her family. Film was opened with Malala being named, after a 19th century freedom fighter woman against the British in Afghanistan. The  beautiful pastel drawings for which some may feel is being overused; but I think that Guggenheim clearly wanted to find an innovative way or thinking out of the box the Jugaad philosophy which I have outlined in my book The Modern Mughal Mentality. By collaboration with Jason Carpenter a talented young animator the filmmaker really tried to show these drawings in a creative way.

The basic story touches one's heart and soul; a true story of this brave young girl. Malala showed that Islam is about peace and not what Taliban have shown to the world. When the Taliban took over Malala's village in the Swat Valley of Pakistan, books and videos were burned. Women and  girls were forbidden any education except religious education. Malala  stood up and spoke against this policy, first on a BBC blog and later publicly, and she was shot in the head by the Taliban at the age of 15.  A miracle happened that she survived when transported to England for surgery. The left side of her face is partially paralyzed and in the hospital she spent months recuperating.

The information showcased in the film is not in a linear fashion which depicts some gaps.  Malala is travelling around the world with her father to spread her message. Also people will learn what are some culture differences from these part of the world and West.

Malala has co-authored  the bestselling book, "I Am Malala." I just loved her youngest brother. The youngest sibling in the family connects to the audience very well. Malala and her family now live in Birmingham, England. Malala's mother misses her family in Pakistan. The filmmaker has the trust of the family which is the best award any filmmaker can get.

I give the movie 5 stars and would highly recommend everyone to see it


Please visit the following links for more information about Malala and this movie:

"He Named Me Malala," a Fox Searchlight release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for "thematic elements involving disturbing images and threats." Running time: 88 minutes.


MPAA definition of PG-13: Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

Cheers from your loving Film-critic and Author

Dr.Afshan Naheed Hashmi





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