He Named Me Malala

: He Named Me Malala is a dvd documentary that came out in 2015 from director Davis Guggenheim. It was based on the autobiography of Malala Yousafzsai, I Am Malala.

Plot Summary: He Named Me Malala is thhe-named-me-malala_1444151780e documentary on how Malala Yousafzsai was raised in Pakistan, during a turbulent time of harsh laws against women and terrorism. When Malala was just a child, all the women of her country were told they were not allowed to go to school or even learn to read. But, as an educator, Malala’s father instilled in her the importance of reading and an education. Malala and several other girls were attacked while riding a bus to school. Malala survived a gunshot to the head. Now has been forbidden to return to her home country, but none of the threats have stopped her as she continues to speak out for girls right to education.

Critical Evaluation: He Named Me Malala is a beautiful documentary that allows viewers to visually see her childhood challenges and dreams. It is easy to see what inspires Malala and her family to continue their fight for their home country and for all girls around the world to get the education they deserve. With a mixture of animation, interviews, and film, He Named Me Malala is a powerful reminder of the devastation other countries go through to just get their basic needs met.

Reader’s Annotation: After being told she could no longer attend school, Malala took a stand against a violent group trying to tear apart her country. After being shot on her school bus, the documentary shows how Malala continues to stand up for girls’ right to an education.

Author’s Information: Malala Yousafzai was born on July 12, 1997 in Pakistan. She is a human rights activist who advocates for the rights of women and girls and worldwide access to education. She survived an assassination attempt in 2012 and continued her activism. She is the co-founder of the Malala Fund, an organization to empower girls through education in developing countries. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 (IMDB).

Genre: Nonfiction, Autobiography, Documentary

Curriculum Ties: (Florida State Curriculum Standards): Understanding Key Literary Ideas

Book Talk Ideas:

  • In what other ways has Malala impacted the world besides education for young girls?
  • What important role did both of Malala’s parents play in her life?

Reading Level/ Age Interest: Grades 9-12 and Ages 15-18

Challenge Issues: Violence

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This documentary is part of the collection because of its profound look at the way the world sees education for young girls and how Malala is a representative of that change. Education is essential to every child’s growth and this film proves that.

Other recommendations like this material include: Every Last Child (2014), Waiting for Superman (2010), and The Hunting Ground (2015).

Active Listening Skills

  • Remain calm
  • Listen thoughtfully and carefully to any arguments for the collection
  • Engage in a discussion that considers every concern, even if you do not agree


  • Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation (Emmys 2016)
  • Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming Nominee (Emmys 2016)
  • Outstanding Production Design for Variety, Nonfiction, Event or Award Special Nominee (Emmys 2016)

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Why I chose this material: I chose this documentary for its powerful view of education and how it is not to be taken for granted. The film shows what it’s like for girls in Pakistan, who want an education, and how every child around the world deserves one.


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