Tuesday, January 5, 2016

He Named Me Malala (2015)

Director: Davis Guggenheim. 88 min. Rated PG-13. UAE/USA. Documentary.

I've always had suspicions about Malala Yousafzai (and this film acknowledges I'm not alone): that propping her up is just a publicity stunt by the West, to clear their conscience about hundreds of Malalas suffering under regimes either enabled or ignored by the West. To dispel that theory, the documentary makes great effort to show her as a prominent anti-Taliban activist in Pakistan, even before she was shot. But it's ironic how in several scenes she is clearly posing for the camera with her father, and considering her female-empowering agenda, how low-profile her mother is in the picture.

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