"I'm Still a Teenager": Malala Yousafzai Doc Trailer Debuts

Bob Richman

Fox Searchlight is releasing 'He Named Me Malala' — about the advocate for girls' education, Taliban shooting victim and Nobel Peace Prize winner — in select theaters on Oct. 2.

In the first trailer for Davis Guggenheim's documentary about child activist, Taliban shooting victim and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year-old stresses that she's "still a teenager."

The preview of He Named Me Malala intercuts footage of Yousafzai advocating for girls education with her home life with her parents and two brothers.

The trailer begins with news reports and her parents reflecting on her shooting when she was 15 and targeted by the Taliban for her support for women's education. Although she was severely wounded by the gunshot, Yousafzai survived. As she says in the trailer, it hasn't stopped her.

"They thought that the bullet would silence us," Yousafza says during a public appearance in the trailer. "I am the same Malala."

The trailer goes on to show Yousafzai also studying for tests and talking about boys.

She hints that her father, who named her Malala, and her mother helped her become extraordinary.

"I'm still an ordinary girl," the 17-year-old says. "But if I had an ordinary father and mother, I'd have two children now."

But she maintains that she made herself what she's become.

"My father only gave me the name Malala; he didn't make me Malala," she says at the end of the trailer.

Fox Searchlight is releasing He Named Me Malala in select theaters on Oct. 2.

The doc was produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald under their long-term production partnership with Image Nation Abu Dhabi and co-financed by Participant Media. Guggenheim previously directed Oscar winner An Inconvenient Truth and the doc Waiting for Superman.

It's here! Take a first look at HE NAMED ME MALALA, a documentary about Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai's life, story and personal journey as an education activist. Pledge to see the film only in theaters this October at http://bit.ly/1IlDIMgDirected by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for "Superman"), the film shows us how Malala, her father Zia and her family are committed to fighting for education worldwide.

Posted by Malala Fund on Thursday, June 18, 2015
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