He Named Me Malala

Theatrical Release: October 9, 2015
DVD Release: December 15, 2015
He Named Me Malala


“He Named Me Malala” provides a look at the events leading up to the Taliban’s attack on the young Pakistani school girl, Malala Yousafzai, for speaking out on girls’ education, and the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations.

Dove Review

“He Named Me Malala” is a poignant and intimate portrayal of young Malala Yousafzai, a girl from Pakistan who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, after the Taliban made an assassination attempt on her life. Malala is a champion of equality in education, and some people have not appreciated her views, although she has inspired untold numbers of people, both male and female. This film is based on her book, which chronicles her story of survival after being struck in the forehead with a bullet. Her physical therapy and rebounding health took grit and determination, with which Malala is strong. She also possesses a kindness and sense of humor that help her deal with her daily life. She shares a bond with her father, who named her Malala and supports her all the way.

What’s amazing about this extraordinary teen girl is her lack of anger toward those who attempted to take her life. She and her father strive to endorse their belief in a peaceful Islamic religion, not the one of extreme terrorists. In the film, she meets some famous people, including President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, the Queen of England, and Barbara Streisand. The film concludes powerfully, too, and shows a major speech that Malala gave following her recovery, in which she concludes by saying one pen, one book, one child can change the world. She receives a standing ovation.

We are pleased to award this wonderful film about this amazing young woman our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12-plus. This film illustrates beautifully that one person can indeed make a difference in this world.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: Soldiers seen with rifles in animation and in live-action footage; some blood seen in the bed and on the bus where Malala was shot, but it is brief and not gratuitous; some blood seen on bandages; comments about the Taliban threatening to kill Malala and others; explosions and truck seen on fire; photos of a bombed school; mentioned that three schools were bombed in one night; video of DVD and CD burnings; a covered-up corpse is carried; a reenactment of a man with a gun who prepared to shoot Malala.
Drugs: Girl is on IV and given medicine for her recovery.
Nudity: None
Other: The mention of people who have suicidal thoughts; the criticism of some people toward Malala.


Company: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 87 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter