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“He Named Me Malala” Documentary to be released on October 2


Islamabad: “He Named Me Malala” is an upcoming American documentary film directed by Davis Guggenheim is scheduled for theatrical release in the United States on October 2. Mubashir Hasan, the Pakistan Censor Board Chairman,said the film has been approved for release without any objection by the censor board authorities.

The film illuminates the life of Malala Yousafzai, who, along with her father, was singled out by the Taliban for their outspoken views on the rights of girls to education. In 2012, at age 15, Taliban shooters boarded her school bus near her home in the Swat Valley of Pakistan, and shot her left her with head injuries she was not expected to survive.

The film shows intimate details of the long process of rehabilitation after she was airlifted to England for medical care, undergoing therapy that included learning how to catch a ball again and recovering her power of speech.

She still has no hearing in her left ear and her motor control of the left side of her face is impaired, but the film shows she hasn’t lost a jot of the bravery that made her a target for the Taliban.

The film opens with a tale explaining that she is named for an Afghani heroine who rallied retreating Pashtun fighters to fight against British invaders at the 1880 Battle of Maiwand, and was killed during the fighting.

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