Nat Geo Inspires Girls with He Named Me Malala

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Malala Yousafzai in a class with other girls

Speaking out for girls around the world, premiers Monday, February 29th at 8/7c and repeating

By Gabrielle Pantera

HOLYLWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2/29/2016 – “Being a boy from really rural background, and I have five sisters,” says He Named Me Malala star Ziauddin Yousafzai, who is Malala’s  father. “None of them could go to school. I, myself, professed many  disseminations as a boy. As you see in the film, I was bullied by other boys, and I was suffering from the poverty. I could not manage my books and many other things and seeing discrimination on other ‘passes,’ so when I grow old, because of my education, my education taught me that I should be just to other people.”

The documentary follows Malala and her father’s influence in her life. While campaigning for the right of girls to be educated, Malala Yousafzai is shot at the age of 15 by the Taliban. They boarded the school bus she and her classmates were on and shot her in the head. Still alive, her family takes her to England. After numerous surgeries she recovers. She continues her quest for girls to be educated all over the world.

“So the change you see in me is just because of education, and that is the reason that I believe in the power of education, that if you want to change the mind set of the people, we need to educate them,” says Yousafzai. “If we educate them with a quality education, we will change them, and if you change one person, you change the whole community, if you made that person to be able to work in his community. So that’s why that my change of heart and my mind set changed because of education I got.”

“Because of my education, my education changed me, and because of that, I had a different view, and I shared with my wife other important issues of my life, and wherever I spoke first person I spoke to about of my wife, and believing in the freedom of expression and believing in the freedom of heart, and believing in the wisdom of my wife and my daughter,” says Yousafzai, “But children always need the truth, and what I have learned in my life from children as a teacher, I could not have learned from the old people. So that’s why I always believed in my daughter. I listened to her very carefully, and they inspire me as well and they inspire others as well.”

“As you see in the film, my father, he was a very good speaker,” says Yousafzai. “As I said he was spreading fire, and he used to go to the pulpit of the mosque and speak to the people. He was very fine speaker. Then I had this problem of stammering. Right from the very beginning, I wished that I should be a speaker like my father. But we had some issues. When my father used to talk about some topic out on the field, he used to have many digressions. And I speak for too much long.”

National Geographic partnered with Fox Searchlight to release the film globally in October of 2015. Tonight’s global broadcast television premiere is airing commercial free. The film was directed by Davis Guggenheim, (An Inconvenient Truth).  Executive producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald,

Twitter: @NatGeoChannel, #withMalala, @MalalaFund


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