Turns out Jon Stewart was right again. After his powerful opening speech, he said he didn’t “think there’s any one else in the world [he’d] rather talk to tonight than Malala.”
Malala Yousafzai was as smart, honest, and eloquent as she’s always been. The idea that someone as young as she is could still be this insightful and brave and powerful does actually make you feel better. And the new trailer for He Named Me Malala will make you cry. But hopefully in a good way.
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
Two things really stood out to me:
“If I had an ordinary father and an ordinary mother, I would have two children now.”
It’s not just amazing that Malala is who she is. It’s also amazing that Malala is allowed to be who she is. Millions of people, particularly women, are silenced by cultural forces everyday. The fact that Malala’s parents didn’t force her into the same silence is in and of itself a small miracle.
My father only gave me the name Malala. He didn’t make me Malala.
I don’t know how to explain exactly why I find this line so affecting, but I know it makes me cry every time I read it. She doesn’t say it in a way to take credit away from her father, but to take ownership of her choices. There are terrible injustices in the world everyday, and Malala is one of the people who has willfully chosen to stand up and fight them. She is accepting of the role she has taken while still maintaining that she’s no different from anyone else. That she stands for millions of people who believe what she believes, but can’t fight the way that she can. She’s actively decided that she won’t allow the injustices to win. She made herself Malala.