New documentary on Malala Yousafzai premiers in Chicago on October 11 at the AMC Theatre

A new documentary from the director of “An Inconvenient Truth” chronicles the work of Malala Yousafzai, who garnered international headlines after extremists shot her for helping young girls in rural Pakistan go to school.

“He Named Me Malala” will have its premiere in Chicago on October 11 as part of a special screening organized by MALA in collaboration with The Malala Fund and Participant Media.

“MALA stands with Malala,” explained MALA’s President Zainab Zeb Khan. “We are proud to partner with the organization led by Malala Yousafzai to girls get an education and raise their voices for the right to education. Part of our advocacy work is to help amplify the film’s message by standing up for fundamental women’s rights and spotlighting the personal stories of young Muslims working to build a better future.”

Malala’s groundbreaking documentary, “He Named Me Malala,” looks at the events leading up to the Talibans’ attack on the young Pakistani school girl for speaking out on girls’ education and the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations.

Malala’s father Ziauddin Yousafzai is also featured in the documentary, “My father did not want me to teach,” he recalls. “I was a defiant son. I believed in the power of education to change the world, so I put every penny I had into opening a school for girls. Malala grew into the incredible young woman she is today, because of great teachers (okay, including me). If you believe in teachers’ power to change the world, stand with us.”

The Chicago premiere takes place on October 11 at the AMC River East Theatre in Chicago and includes a morning educational screening for students and an evening gala screening followed by a cocktail reception.

The screening is free and open to the public – but you must reserve your tickets via EventBrite. For more information, see MALA’s Facebook page.

Future screenings of the documentary are planned in other cities across the country. If you would like to help organize a local screening, please contact us.

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