He Named Me Malala

DIRECTED BY: Davis Guggenheim
STARRING: Malala Yousafzai, Ziauddin Yousafzai, Toor Pekai Yousafzai
RATING: 4 stars

The documentary explores the events leading up to the Taliban's attack on Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who dared to speak out about the lack of female education in the country. It also chronicles the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations.

Obviously, world issues such as politics and war have to be mentioned in this film, but it is really about the importance of education. Even for those who have read Malala's book, there are still some great insights in this documentary, including a look at her new life in England and her journey to becoming the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. It was particularly interesting to watch her at home with her family, including her two younger brothers, her supportive father and her mother who is still getting used to western life. It was also great to see Malala being a normal teenage girl, giggling over attractive actors such as Brad Pitt and Australian cricketer Shane Watson. But really it is her powerful words about equality for girls and her enthusiasm about making important changes to society that are truly inspiring. Malala is a heroine and exactly the kind of person young girls should admire.