REVIEW: He Named Me Malala (PG) ****

Malala travelled to spread her message of education and equality. Picture: PA Photo/Twentieth Century Fox Film.
Malala travelled to spread her message of education and equality. Picture: PA Photo/Twentieth Century Fox Film.
Lee Hockaday, commercial director at St Vincent College, Gosport

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Davis Guggenheim’s documentary is not just a tribute to 18-year-old Pakistani activist and Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, who famously survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban.

He Named Me Malala is also a deeply touching story of a father and daughter who have drawn strength from each other in times of unimaginable pain.

This bond of faith between two people, who have defied the Taliban and could pay with their lives if they return home, gives the film its emotional core.

Cameras are granted unprecedented access to the family and there are lovely sequences of Malala bickering with her brothers at home.

The film also joins Malala and Ziauddin as they fly around the world spreading her message of education and equality.

The attack casts a shadow over each rousing speech and awards ceremony, and Guggenheim waits until the film’s second half to deliver the emotional sucker punch of Malala reminiscing about the shooting with classmates Kainat and Shazia.

He Named Me Malala is a cri de coeur for us all to follow suit.