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Parents' Guide to

He Named Me Malala

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Inspiring, deeply affecting docu explores teen icon's life.

Movie PG-13 2015 87 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 13+

Informative and inspiring

My 13-year-old just read Malala's book and wanted to know more. The documentary explores Malala's history and activism and her relationships with her family, allowing viewers to see that while she's an icon, making global history and meeting world leaders, she's also a typical teen in some ways, doing her homework, trying to make friends in a new school, and arguing with her little brothers. We loved this film.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 3+

So inspiring.

I was so touched at the footage of this movie. Girls can stand up for their education,. Such a great movie.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (4 ):

A chronicle of Malala's achievements alone would make for a fascinating documentary; what sets this film apart is how viewers meet not only the Malala the role model, but also Malala the teenager. Because not only is she one of the most recognizable activists in the world, but she's also an older sister to two boys, a high school student, and -- most movingly -- a daughter to a father who has always recognized her boldness and nurtured her independent spirit, despite the fearsome consequences.

Guggenheim makes use of beautiful animated paintings to depict the Malala of lore, after whom the famous teen is named, imbuing her life with a sense of manifest destiny. Through interviews with Malala, we get to know her as a relatable, three-dimensional figure preoccupied with typical concerns ("will I make friends with the girls at my new school?") and larger global worries ("will I ever see my country again in peace?") He Named Me Malala is both humanizing and inspiring. Bravo!

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