‘Malala’ reveals a real-life teen hero

Nobel Prize-winner Malala Yousafzai and Davis Guggenheim talk about peace, and other things, in “He Named Me Malala.” (Courtesy Caroline Furneaux/Twentieth Century Fox)

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim says he made his Oscar-winning “An Inconvenient Truth” with a certain audience in mind: his Republican cousins living in Ohio.

While making his new documentary “He Named Me Malala,” he was thinking about his own daughters, ages 9 and 14.

“What makes me happy is that my daughters have a real hero — someone they can try to be like, instead of a hero that says you should be more famous or more skinny,” says Guggenheim, who visited The City to promote the movie, which opens Friday.

The film tells the extraordinary story of Malala Yousafzai, a teen Pakistani activist who was shot by the Taliban for daring to suggest that girls should be educated. With the threat of death hanging over her and her family, today she lives in England, where she’s continuing her human rights activism.

She is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Excerpt from Jefferey Anderson’s article in the San Francisco Examiner– Read more.

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I am a retired psychologist now writing freelance . I have published Commonsense Wisdom for Everyday Life, Young Man of the Cloth, The Pastor's Inferno, Navigating Life: Commonsense Reflections for the Voyage, Release Your Stress and Reclaim Your Life, and Make the Best of Your Teen Years. I wrote a newspaper column in Batavia, NY for fourteen years. My articles are now available in my free newsletter, Sliding Otter News. Subscribe free at http://www.eepurl.com/mSt-P.

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