He Named Me Malala is an intimate portrait of 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 then 15-year-old was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls' education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls' education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund. Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim shows us how Malala, her father Zia and her family are committed to fighting for education for all girls worldwide. The film gives us an inside glimpse into this extraordinary young girl's life - from her close relationship with her father who inspired her love for education, to her impassioned speeches at the UN, to her everyday life with her parents and brothers.
Watch the trailer here.
The screening will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Dr. Jamie Johnson.
Dr. Johnson is a full-time lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at UNT. She is an urban anthropologist whose theoretical approaches and teaching interests include space and place, architecture and urban planning, D/development, organizational culture, material culture, gender and tourism. Dr. Johnson combines anthropological investigation and pedagogy by designing projects for clients which also serve to train students in applied research, and approaches both research and teaching with ethnographic flexibility to best understand the intimate spaces of daily life and the institutions and infrastructures that bind them together. Her doctoral research investigated the contestation of cultural heritage surrounding architectural conservation and new commercial construction in the rugged Himalayan tourist destination of Leh, Ladakh - India. Her recent projects in urban ecology examine residential perceptions of the water-energy nexus, and are informed by a four-field approach to the human experience.