Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Global Broadcast Television Premiere of HE NAMED ME MALALA #HeNamedMeMalala

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for 20th Century Fox. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

The story of Malala Yousafzai, the young girl who was targeted and severely wounded by the Taliban for being an advocate for girls' education, captured attention worldwide. HE NAMED ME MALALA is the critically acclaimed documentary about her life.

On Monday, February 29, at 8/7c, the National Geographic Channel will present the global broadcast television premiere of HE NAMED ME MALALA.

This gripping and moving film will be aired commercial free here in the U.S. and globally in 171 countries in 45 languages. This powerful story is a must-see for all.

About the Movie: 
HE NAMED ME MALALA is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for 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.

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman) shows us how Malala, her father Zia and her family are committed to fighting for education for all girls worldwide. The film gives us an inside 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 parents and brothers.

The National Geographic Channel (@NatGeoChannel) and 21st Century Fox (@21CF) have partnered with the Malala Fund (@MalalaFund) to launch a social initiative campaign to raise awareness for girls' right to education and safe schools for every child. A $1 donation will be made to the Malala Fund for every tweet using the hashtag #withMalala now through March 10, for a total donation of up to $50,000. Learn more at

My Thoughts:
I received an advanced screener of HE NAMED ME MALALA. While I knew of Malala and her plight from seeing her in the news, I was not familiar with the details of her story. Watching this film, I was simply moved beyond words. The wisdom and courage displayed by Malala are amazing for anyone, let alone someone of her young age.

I enjoyed getting a glimpse into her daily, family life. She is a world-famous crusader who continues to take a stand against a brutally dangerous ideology, yet she is also just a normal teenager -- one who laughs when talking about cute boys, wonders if the girls at school like her, and enjoys a good arm wrestling match with her brother. Her father is equally inspiring and, no doubt, part of the reason that Malala is so strong.

The film uses animation to tell parts of Malala's story. Those are some of my favorite parts of the movie. The animation is stunning and makes for such a dramatic effect. Overall, I thought HE NAMED ME MALALA to be one of the best documentaries I've ever watched. It's such an important story that I think everyone should see. I invite you to tune in to the television premiere on February 29th.

(Rated PG-13 for thematic elements involving disturbing images and threats)

Visit Website: