The documentary centers on Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.
The National Geographic Channel and National Geographic Society will join the global launch campaign to support the theatrical release in October. The film will air next year on the National Geographic Channels in 171 countries and 45 languages.
“This is a film that you leave not only feeling incredibly inspired, but truly wanting to make a difference. 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,” said Courteney Monroe, CEO of National Geographic Channels.
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. The launch of the film will also coincide with an international advocacy and fundraising campaign in partnership with Yousafzai’s Malala Fund, a nonprofit organization working to empower adolescent girls globally through quality secondary education.
“He Named Me Malala” is being released by Fox Searchlight in association with Image Nation Abu Dhabi and Participant Media with National Geographic.
Producers are 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.