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In the FOXlight: Malala Yousafzai Inspires in Powerful New Documentary 'He Named Me Malala'

Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, arrives for the premiere of the powerful documentary "He Named Me Malala."

 

At an incredibly young age, Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai made headlines for her efforts to further the educational opportunities for young women in her region. It was a noble, inspirational act that earned her worldwide praise and a Nobel Peace Prize, but it also made her the target of an unspeakable act of violence.

Now, Yousafzai is making headlines for a different reason: She's the subject of "He Named Me Malala," a powerful new documentary from Oscar-winning director Davis Guggenheim.

"It's wonderful," said Yousafzai, who attended the premiere with several of her fellow activists and friends. "I have these young girls together with me — girls from Nigeria, Pakistan — who want the right to education, and they're standing up for it.

"So if their voice can be heard … this is what I want," she added.

Also on the red carpet was Malala's father Ziauddin, and it's clear he couldn't have been more proud.

"I always say that, once upon a time, she was my daughter — but now, I am her father only," joked Ziauddin. "Many parents write to me [saying], "She is not only your daughter; she is our daughter as well.' And I say 'Yes!'" he beamed.

For more from the premiere of "He Named Me Malala," be sure to check out the clips above.

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