Nat Geo’s Malala Documentary Ropes in 171 Countries for Telecast

The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousufzai’s inspiring story will now unite 171 countries in solidarity, as it gets aired in the form of a National Geographic Channel documentary next year.


Davis Guggenheim, the award-winning director of documentaries like “An Inconvenient Truth” has made this documentary for feature television bigwig National Geographic Channel, on the near-fatal tryst of the Pakistani Activist with the Taliban in 2012 that gained worldwide attention and sparked massive protests across the globe.


Titled, “He Named Me Malala,” the documentary recalls perhaps the most gruesome attack on girls education in history, as Malala Yousafzai, a 14 year old at the time took three bullets in her head for advocating education rights for girls in Pakistan while living under the terrorizing reign of the Taliban. It will describe the life of the brave young girl living fearlessly under the foot of an extremist outfit, the deathly attack on her and her miraculous survival, how it changed her life, and how she took it upon herself to come out, share her story, and touch the lives of millions of others, along with her equally courageous father Ziauddin.


“This is a film that you leave not only feeling incredibly inspired, but truly wanting to make a difference,” said Courteney Monroe, CEO, National Geographic Channels in a statement.


National Geographic Channel and National Geographic Society have collaborated with Fox Searchlight Pictures for the global theatrical release of the film this October, as well as its world TV premier sometime in 2016, in 171 countries, with subtitles and dubs in 45 languages.


”We are excited to be partnering with the National Geographic Channels to help bring Davis’ passion and commitment in the telling of Malala’s moving story to audiences worldwide across their extensive media platforms,” said Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula.


The launch of the film has been scheduled around the same time as an international advocacy and fundraising campaign organized by the Malala Fund, Malala’s nonprofit organization working towards the goal of educating girls globally through sound secondary education.


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