Abu Dhabi to finance Malala documentary

Pakistani education activist shot in head by Taliban to be subject of feature-length film

Malala Yousafzai.

Malala Yousafzai.

Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year old Pakistani education activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban, is to be the subject of a feature-length documentary financed by Image Nation Abu Dhabi.

Yousafzai, who has campaigned for every child in the world to have access to safe education, gained international recognition after surviving the assassination attempt in her native Swat Valley.

She has since become the youngest ever nominee for a Nobel Peace Prize and has been included in the 2013 Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.

The feature-length documentary chronicling her life will be produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, best known for their work on movies including Men In Black, Minority Report and Sweeney Todd.

David Guggenheim, who directed the Oscar-winning climate change documentary Inconvenient Truth, has also signed on for the project.

“There are few stories Laurie and I have ever come across that are as compelling, urgent or important as the real-life struggle of Malala and her father Ziauddin on behalf of universal education for children,” commented Parkes. “It is an honour and a privilege to be able to try to bring the lives of these extraordinary people to the screen.”

“I have two daughters and they are inspired and captivated by Malala’s story and her fight for education for every child,” added Guggenheim.  “I believe this movie will speak to every girl and every family in the world."

Abu Dhabi-based Image Nation has previously been tied to Hollywood films including Contagion and The Help.

The documentary about Yousafzai will debut in its theatrical release in late 2014. No distributor has yet been chosen.

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