He Named Me Malala : a documentary recommendation

“there is a moment where you have to choose.. whether to be silent or to stand up”

I watched this documentary film recently and found myself incredibly moved. The women’s march on Washington has had me pondering not just what basic rights women have had to fight for here at home, but the battles that are still fought daily – and often lost – for women to be treated with dignity and worth in other countries around the world. This is one such extreme story of a girl standing up for her deepest hopes. I remember hearing a bit of her story in the news a few years ago, but never read her book or watched this film until recently.

This documentary was recommended to me first by my older boys, who watched it in school and came home saying how deeply it impacted them. I got around to watching it myself and was so inspired by this brave girl, whose passion for education lead her to be targeted and shot in the head by the Taliban. In the wake of her survival she became more vocal than ever, a powerful voice for girls who are being threatened for trying to claim basic rights, and co-winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. here’s a preview:

as she said, so beautifully in the film,

“we realize the importance of light when we see darkness.
we realize the importance of a voice when we are silenced.”

To my dear friends, especially those raising a daughter, this is a must watch. It’s available on hulu right now, and I hope it will inspire awe and gratitude in you as it did for me.

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ash parsons annie,
oh my gosh, Tyler, what a sweetie!! And it really is an amazing film. I cried like a baby.January 25, 2017 – 10:02 am

hootenannie Tyler telling me about Malala is one of my cutest memories. I watched this on the plane to Hong Kong last year – so amazing!January 25, 2017 – 9:42 am

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