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Watch the trailer for 'He Named Me Malala'

The documentary about the teenage activitist Malala Yousafzai is going to inspire us all

By Andrea Tim | Published: 22 Jun 2015

Video: Film Festivals and Indie Films

Tissues at the ready, and we don't mean for when you get to watch the documentary He Named Me Malala later this year. The trailer is out and it's as gripping as the story of the brave Malala Yousafzai, who turns 18 in July.

As we all now know, the Pakistani advocate for girls' education was shot in the head by the Taliban on her way home from school in 2012. The Taliban had tried to introduce a ban on girls attending school three years earlier. Malala survived the gunshot wound and, when she recovered, continued her battle for female education.

Malala was named after Malalai of Maiwand, a famous Pashtun heroine who was killed for being outspoken.

"My father only gave me the name Malala. He didn't make me Malala," she says. "I chose this life and now, I must continue it."

Malala has been listed in Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World (2013) and was the co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. The world knows Malala as a brave young woman, but the documentary takes a closer look at her personal life, reminding us all that she is still a teenage girl, albeit an extraordinary one. And yes, she even has a celebrity crush, she very bashfully admits in the trailer.

He Named Me Malala opens in the US in October 2015. Your move, Malaysian cinemas.

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