"I don't want to be remembered as the girl who got shot. I want to remembered as the girl who stood up."-Malala Yousafzai
Most everyone knows some aspect of teen activist Malala Yousafzai's amazing story. Whether it is the headlines regarding the horrific attempt on her life and her remarkable recovery, or her outspoken activism for girls' education around the world or perhaps, how she is the youngest Noble Peace Prize winner. In fact most of her story is so well documented in the media, I was very curious what fresh perspective the new documentary, He Named Me Malala would present. David Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting For Superman) definitely does not disappoint. His film is a lovely but powerful portrait of Malala that definitely covers all the aforementioned headlines (including a goose bump inducing recount of the assassination attempt) but also feels very intimate by focusing on her family and her everyday life. Malala struggles in Physics class, picks on her brothers, likes looking at Roger Federer online. In a nutshell, "Superheroes: They're just like us!" These small moments of reminding the audience that despite her icon status, Malala is a still a regular teenage girl who was forced to leave her native home and adjust to life in London are touching and the strength of the film. Those moments are beautifully contrasted with footage of her admirable passion, eloquence and dedication when traveling around the world advocating for education for girls.