“There’s a moment when you have to choose whether to be silent or to stand up.”– Malala Yousafzai
Back in the summer, I was invited to an advanced screening of the new documentary He Named Me Malala, about the 18-year-old Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. The message in the film is strong: Use your voice. Speak out against injustice. Stand up for change.
And do it now.
I’ve long been fascinated by Malala’s extraordinary story and moved by her fight for girls’ education and empowerment around the world. So going into the film, I was prepared to be inspired. What I didn’t expect, though, was to find out how funny and charming Malala is! The documentary does an excellent job of going beyond her lofty platform and showing Malala as a person. A really sweet, sparkling, big-hearted young woman moving through a complicated world with focus and compassion.
After seeing the movie and talking with some of the good folks at the Malala Fund, I happily signed up to be an Ambassador for #HeNamedMeMalala.
It’s a movement I’m proud to be a part of, and I look forward to working with this group — long after the film has left theaters — to continue turning my compassion into action.
Here’s the official trailer:
The film opens this weekend in 400 theaters in the U.S., and I’m telling you, it’s a must-see. Take your kids*, especially. Let them see how one voice can roar and rattle that which is crooked, corrupt and unjust.
And to help parents start conversations with kids, the Malala Fund has put together a helpful Parent Discussion Guide.
(*Parents should note that the film is rated PG-13: There’s nothing graphic, per se, in the film, but there are definitely disturbing images and themes around about the violence.)