The 87-minute documentary centers on Malala Yousafzai, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who was severely wounded in an attack by Taliban militants for advocating for girls’ education when she was returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley in 2012. The shooting, which occurred when she was 15, sparked international outrage.
“He Named Me Malala,” which made its TV debut on National Geographic Channel on March 1, will be available on Hulu’s subscription VOD service this summer under the pact with National Geographic Channels. Hulu also is joining National Geographic Channels and Fox Searchlight Pictures in partnership with the Malala Fund to raise awareness for girls’ rights to education and safe schools.
The documentary from Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth,” “Waiting for Superman”) takes a look at Malala’s life both before and after the attack and how Malala, her father, Zia, and her family are committed to fighting for education for all girls worldwide.
“He Named Me Malala” was released theatrically by Fox Searchlight Pictures last fall, in association with Image Nation Abu Dhabi and Participant Media, with National Geographic Channel. The film is produced by 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.
The film was one of 15 in the documentary feature category that advanced in the voting process for this year’s 88th Academy Awards. It premiered at the Telluride Film Festival last September.