ONE CHILD, ONE TEACHER, ONE BOOK AND ONE PEN CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.
An Inconvenient Truth (2006) director Davis Guggenheim chronicles another larger-than-life figure on a mission, but this time someone decidedly different from a former U.S. vice president – the now 17-year-old Pakistani girl who fought for women’s rights to get an education and was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman. Malala Yousafzai miraculously survived and now lives with her family in Birmingham, England where she struggles with homework and her status as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and inspiration for countless women around the world who are subjected to male, cultural oppression. A worthy, important subject, and following Malala’s life and interaction with her siblings and father is often fascinating, but this tidy film isn’t quite the emotional wallop that Guggenheim is aiming for.
2015-U.S.-United Arab Emirates. 88 min. Color. Directed by Davis Guggenheim. Music: Thomas Newman.
Trivia: Inspired by the bok “I Am Malala” by Yousafzai and Christina Lamb.