The power of education
Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani girl who spoke up against the Taliban. She wanted equal education for girls, something that is being frowned upon in her home nation. They retaliated by shooting her in the head. She made a miraculous recovery and still continues on inspiring people, though she's unable to return to her home in the Swat Valley as she is being threatened with murder.
I've been moved to tears by hearing Malala speak before. She comes off so well adjusted, but this documentary shows that she really is just a normal girl, who fights with her brothers, crushes on hot cricket players, and occasionally does poorly on biology tests. She's very adamant that this life is not one her father chose for her, but rather one she chose herself. The bulk of the story is how she was named Malala and how her father encourages her. Her childhood is total through shadowy animation that works perfectly well. She mentions at one point that thinking of Swat feels like a "story" to her since she's not allowed to go back. It's only fitting her past takes on this animated story form too.
If anything, I wish there was more information here. I craved it. The film is very careful and still had plenty of original content, but I still had hoped for a bit more. One thing I never realized until recently was the amount of vitriol that is thrown towards this girl for not returning to Pakistan. Mostly by commenters on conservative websites, but still. I guess they think she should be a martyr and go home to be murdered? The doc touched very briefly on the criticism, but Malala herself didn't comment on it. It felt like an after thought. I wanted to hear what she had to say on the matter. Maybe it would help me understand it better, because right now it just sounds ridiculous.
Memorable Quote: "I chose this life." - Malala Yousafzai