On December 5th, 2015, “He Named Me Malala” was screened at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. The event was at full capacity, and  attended by families, students, and educators as part of the Student Stands With Malala program.

Students from Madonna University, University of Michigan, and Dearborn Public Schools were were thoroughly engaged with the film and the panel discussion following the screening. The #withMalala Challenge by Adobe’s Project 1324 was introduced to the attendees, and youth were encouraged to submit their art and poetry to become involved in a a new global digital art project expressing why girls secondary education matters.

All attendees received a Schoola bag to help Malala Fund and its mission to secure girls’ right to a minimum of 12 years of quality education.

The film was highly praised and recepted by the community, and was even featured in Arab American News.

A father from Yemen bought his three young daughters to the screening, and left in tears, as Malala’s story deeply resonated with his own life experiences. “I am very honored to bring my children to see this”, he stated. Many of the audience members disclosed similar experiences to themes in the film, such as the importance of fathers’ roles; instilling the importance of continuing education; and women’s/girls’ rights.

The Dearborn community was grateful for the opportunity to participate and help champion Malala’s cause.

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