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Powerful new doc ‘He Named Me Malala’ explores the life of Malala Yousafzai

'I'm still a teenager.'


Audra Schroeder


Published Jun 19, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 1:02 pm CDT

Last night on The Daily Show, after giving viewers a sobering take on the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, Jon Stewart focused on his guest, Malala Yousafzai

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The 17-year-old Pakistani activist was targeted by the Taliban in 2012, after she voiced support for women’s education. She survived a gunshot to the head and, after recovering, became and advocate for women’s rights and education. This marked her second time appearing on the show. 

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She also spoke about Davis Guggenheim’s new documentary, He Named Me Malala, and viewers got to see a bit of the trailer. The full trailer debuted exclusively on the Malala Fund’s Facebook page last night. It’s a powerful look at her life and advocacy, but she reinforces that for all her accomplishments, she’s “still a teenager.”

“Who would you have been if you were just an ordinary girl from the Swat Valley?” an interviewer asks her. “I’m still an ordinary girl,” she responds. “But if I had an ordinary father and an ordinary mother, then I would have two children now.”

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The film opens in theaters Oct. 2. 

Screengrab via Malala Fund/Facebook 

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*First Published: Jun 19, 2015, 5:32 pm CDT