Documentary Film: He Named Me Malala in Astro Best Channel 481

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"They thought that the bullet would silence us. But nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born.”- Malala Yousafzai

He Named Me Malala (HNMM), a new 21st Century Fox documentary film about Pakistani-born student and youngest Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, premieres on Astro Best (CH 481) from Thursday, 26th November. Directed by acclaimed Oscar® winning documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for “Superman”), HNMM is a compelling film of courage, strength and inspiration, and gives us a glimpse into this extraordinary young girl's life - from her close relationship with her father who inspired her love for education, to her impassioned speeches at the UN, to her everyday life with her family. 


Malala Yousafzai born in 12 July 1997 is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. She is known mainly for human rights advocacy for education and for women in her native Swat Valley in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Yousafzai's advocacy has since grown into an international movement. Her family runs a chain of schools in the region.

In early 2009, when she was 11–12, Yousafzai wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC detailing her life under Taliban occupation, their attempts to take control of the valley, and her views on promoting education for girls in the Swat Valley. The following summer, journalist Adam B. Ellick made a New York Times documentary about her life as the Pakistani military intervened in the region. Yousafzai rose in prominence, giving interviews in print and on television, and she was nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize by South African activist Desmond Tutu. 

 On the afternoon of October 9, 2012, Yousafzai boarded her school bus in the northwest Pakistani district of Swat. A gunman asked for her by name, then pointed a pistol at her and fired three shots. One bullet hit the left side of Yousafzai's forehead, travelled under her skin through the length of her face, and then went into her shoulder.In the days immediately following the attack, she remained unconscious and in critical condition, but later her condition improved enough for her to be sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, for intensive rehabilitation. On 12 October, a group of 50 Islamic clerics in Pakistan issued a fatwā against those who tried to kill her, but the Taliban reiterated their intent to kill Yousafzai and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai. 

 She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund. Witness the epitome of the human spirit as we take a closer look at this inspiring young woman who with her incredible vision is changing the world with her most powerful weapon: her voice. Filmed over 18 intensive months that director, Davis Guggenheim spent with the entire Yousafzai family in the United Kingdom and on the road in Nigeria, Kenya, Abu Dhabi and Jordon, the film is an intimate chance to get to know Malala, her father Ziauddin, her mother Toor Pekai and brothers Khushal and Atal who helped shape the young lady whom she is becoming. 

I watched He Named Me Malala documentary film, and seriously I think you also must watch this film. We can learn about strength, power and courage from Malala. A strong power was born in little's girl life. This is the story behind Malala’s culture and childhood: the story behind a family that said no to tyranny and the unseen aftermath of a shattering event that turned a courageous schoolgirl into a campaigner for the rights of girls to education globally. The film made its grand premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on 4 September 2015 and will be available in 171 countries in 45 languages. 

 He Named Me Malala premieres on Astro Best (CH 481) from Thursday, 26th November 2015 and customer can purchase Astro Best movies via SMS on Astro Channel 481 and online via at RM10.60 per movie for 48-hours upon purchase. Customers can also choose to purchase Astro Best and Astro First movies via On Demand (OD) Store for connected Astro PVRs and on Astro On The Go.

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