“I Am Not A Lone Voice”, The Inspiring Documentary Trailer On Malala That You Must Watch

By Asmita Sarkar:

Only 26% girls in Pakistan are fortunate enough to be literate. Malala Yousafzai, since the age of 11, and her father, who ran a school in Swat Valley in the North West Frontier Province, have been campaigning for education for girls since Taliban overran the picturesque valley.

For three years, it was ruled by the might of gun and yet Malala did not stop her fight for educating girls. She was shot in the head while traveling in her school bus by a gunman. Her brush with death, makes her more fearless, like director Davis Guggenheim puts it.

Acutely human, she’s also an expert at card tricks and scolds her brothers to study every day because she says, “charity begins at home” jokingly in her interview with Stephen Colbert.

The documentary, ‘He named me Malala’, directed by Davis Guggenheim, released to a warm welcome on 2nd October in New York. The Oscar winning documentary filmmaker said, “Maybe the greatest privilege of my life is to meet this girl and to know her father and her family – the greatest privilege of my life. I’m going to retract the word ‘maybe.‘”

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