Davis Guggenheim’s documentary on the inspirational teenager Malala Yousafzai comes to the cinema at South Hill Park, Bracknell in January.
He Named Me Malala is an intimate portrait of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 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 (she turned 18 this July) 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.
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The film, which is showing at South Hill Park on January 10, will be introduced by Arifa Nasim. The screening is 3pm followed by a Q&A session.
Arifa Nasim, 18, is a youth activist from London and UK Youth Delegate to the United Nations. She will draw out themes around female empowerment and how honour violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation can affect education and young people, and touch on her journey as a campaigner.
Ron McAllister, Chief Executive of South Hill Park 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 Nasim 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.”