He Named Me Malala is premiering around the world this month.  Find a theater near you.

The Denver premiere is this Friday, October 9 – join us.  Click here for tickets.  {Our amazing + dear sista, Courtney Boyle, is part of creating the Denver premiere and she shares a bit of her story with us here about a transformational trip she took to Pakistan in March with her daughter.}

Event details + Film description

Join nonprofit, Marshall Direct Fund, for opening night of the film He Named Me Malala based on the story of youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai. Following the film there will be a brief Q&A with local industry experts including Sanaa Riaz, a Pakistani professor and author of New Islamic Schools.

He Named Me Malala is an intimate, inspirational portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old (now 18) was singled out, along with her father, for advocating girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund. Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman) shows us how Malala, her father Zia and her family are committed to fighting for education for all girls worldwide. The film gives us an inside glimpse into this extraordinary young girl’s life—from her close relationship with her father who inspired her love for education, to her impassioned speeches at the UN, to her everyday life with her parents and brothers.

Malala quotes we love…

“They thought the bullet would silence us, but they were wrong.”

“Our voices are our most powerful weapons.”

“I chose this life, and now, I must continue it.”

“I speak not for myself but for those without voice… those who have fought for their rights… their right to live in peace, their right to be treated with dignity, their right to equality of opportunity, their right to be educated.”

There is a moment when you have to choose whether to be silent or to stand up…I don’t want to be remembered as the girl who was shot. I want to be remembered as the girl who stood up.

“We must tell girls their voices are important.”

“Once I had asked God for one or two extra inches in height, but instead, he made me as tall as the sky, so high that I could not measure myself… By giving me this height to reach people, he has also given me great responsibilities.”

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”

“The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage were born.”