Directed by David Gunningheim (An Inconvenient Truth, From the Sky Down etc.), ‘He Named Me Malala’ is the story of one girl’s fight for justice. For equality.
On the afternoon of 9 October 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.
“Moviegoers hankering for a female superhero film needn’t wait for “Wonder Woman.” A big screen heroine of astounding power swoops into theatres this week, caped in a hijab, a backpack full of books slung over her shoulder, a crooked smile the reminder of her fearlessness. […] Told with enough sensitivity for children and enough sophistication for adults, “He Named Me Malala” is the rare documentary that plays as a family film.”
New York Times ****
“Guggenheim, who previously directed the Academy Award-winning Al Gore climate change documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth,” and the public education expose “Waiting for Superman,” has a knack for finding the human moments in a politically or scientifically complex subject. This time he’s made a movie composed almost entirely of such moments, and they reveal the duality of Malala’s life.”
LA Times *****