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Abu Dhabi to finance Malala documentary

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

Abu Dhabi to finance Malala documentary
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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