HE NAMED ME MALALA (2015) Premieres in New York and Los Angeles, Opens in Theaters Nationwide USA on October 9

“One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world." – Malala

HE NAMED ME MALALA opened exclusively this Friday, October 2, at the Lincoln Square and Sunshine theaters in New York City and the Arclight and Landmark theaters in Los Angeles.

Washington, DC, Oct 4, 2015 (Washington Bangla Radio): Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai took New York City by storm ahead of the release of her new documentary film HE NAMED ME MALALA which opened in New York and Los Angeles this Friday October 2. The release date in theaters nationwide is October 9. The film is directed by Davis Guggenheim.

HE NAMED ME MALALA is an intimate 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 (she turns 18 this July) was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for 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.

Championing the right for girls worldwide to have equal access to education, the teen activist attended the red carpet premiere of the film at the historic Ziegfeld theater, delivered a passionate address to the United Nations General Assembly, sat down for a candid interview on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and spoke at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park where she was introduced by Bono.

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.

The HE NAMED ME MALALA premiere was attended by Malala, her father Ziauddin Yousafzai, as well as many celebrity guests including Scarlett Johansson, Ivanka Trump, Elizabeth Shue, and Grammy winner Alicia Keyes.

Watch Malala’s speech at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park >

Watch a clip from Malala’s interview with Stephen Colbert >

Watch the second trailer for HE NAMED ME MALALA. Malala Yousafzai: global youth advocate for education, attacked by the Taliban, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. As the subject of David Guggenheim's (AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, WAITING FOR SUPERMAN) new documentary HE NAMED ME MALALA, you can now experience the incredible journey that transformed Malala into a world leader.

Release Date: This Friday October 2 in NY/LA, October 9 nationwide
Director: Davis Guggenheim
Cast: Malala Yousafzai, Ziauddin Yousafzai (father), Toorpekai Yousafzai (mother), Khushal and Atal Yousafzai (brothers)
Official Site: http://www.HeNamedMeMalala.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HeNamedMeMalala
Trailer: https://youtu.be/3ghiYve6k68