After the Taliban tries to kill her for speaking out on behalf of girls' education, Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai emerges as a leading advocate for children's rights and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
After the Taliban tries to kill her for speaking out on behalf of girls' education, Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai emerges as a leading advocate for children's rights and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. less
“This one is an inspiring story that will stay with the cinematic audiences for long.”
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Malala was named after a brave teenager in a legend who led her people to fight against the British invaders. The name was prescient because Malala has become famous as a champion of the girl child after she was shot by the Taliban for wanting to attend school.
The movie is based on her life in Pakistan and her move to the UK after she was shot and thereafter. It also highlights the more personal side of her life including her relationship with her mother and her brothers. The movie also has her address to the UN.
The story doesn’t follow a linear narrative, instead choosing to go back and forth between the present and her past. The movie brings out very well her deep attachment othe father and one can see what a strong influence he has been in her life. At one point the interviewer tells her that a lot of critics say that her words are not her own but her father’s and she looks up with a steely determinations and lets you know that she is her own person. This gives you a glimpse into her personality. Also, the scenes of her recovery post her shooting and the physiotherapy give us an insight into the suffering and yet through all of it she is always smiling, always positive, always determined.
The back and forth nature of the narrative means that a few things gets repeated at times which slow down the pace of the movie, but fortunately not too much. What comes though is her grit, her courage, her bravery and also the fact that at another level she is just a young girl learning to adjust to a new country, cope with studies and also tackle issues such as having boyfriends just like any other teenager. Her brothers see her as a naughty girl and that portrayal of a normal girl when contrasted against her achievements worldwide such as going to Africa to talk about the Boko Haram abductions, show us how exceptional she really is as a person.
This is an inspiring movie to watch for all of us. Do take young adults.