National Geographic Channel will air Fox Searchlight Pictures’ and Davis Guggenheim’s upcoming feature documentary He Named Me Malala about Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai in 171 countries in 45 languages, joining the global launch for the film. In 2012, Malala was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. FSL will release the film in October.
The film will be promoted via Nat Geo through all of the company’s resources of including through the National Geographic magazine, National Geographic Digital Media, National Geographic Education Programs, National Geographic Kids.
“This is a film that you leave not only feeling incredibly inspired but truly wanting to make a difference,” National Geographic Channels CEO Courteney Monroe said in a statement. “As leaders in bringing stories of global importance to the largest audience possible, it is more than just an honor to be part of this project, I feel it is our duty. That is why we are joining this project as true partners, from the global theatrical release through our eventual television broadcast, and dedicating our collective resources to bring Malala’s important journey and advocacy for girls’ education to millions of people worldwide.”
The documentary tells the story of Malala’s life both before and following the attack at the age of 15. She was singled out on a bus, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education and was shot repeatedly. The shooting sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. Malala miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.
Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting For Superman) examines how Malala, her father Zia and her family are committed to fighting for education for all girls worldwide. The film’s launch also will coincide with an international advocacy and fundraising campaign in partnership with the Malala Fund, Malala’s nonprofit organization that works to empower adolescent girls globally through a quality secondary education.
The film is being released by Fox Searchlight Pictures, in association with Image Nation Abu Dhabi and Participant Media, with National Geographic Channel. The film is produced by Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Davis Guggenheim. Executive producers are Mohamed Al Mubarak and Michael Garin from Image Nation Abu Dhabi, Jeff Skoll from Participant Media and Shannon Dill.