Davis Guggenheim’s new film, He Named Me Malala, was released widely on Friday and the film’s star, Malala Yousafzai, sat down with NPR’s Renee Montagne to discuss the documentary and her life since being shot by the Taliban in October 2012. “I don’t feel like the girl who was shot was me,” she said. “I don’t consider it a part of my life. It’s a sign of weakness for me and I don’t want to be known as the girl who was shot. Never. I want to be the girl who fights for girl’s rights to get quality education.”
Though the family has been through a lot, the film gives an intimate portrayal of their normalcy. There’s still teasing and wrestling, especially among Malala and her brothers. “They’re just human beings,” Guggenheim said. In sharing their private life at home, he hopes his film breaks certain myths about what Americans assume they know of the Muslim world because “often, it’s violent,” he said. “So when you meet this family, you see this lovely, very human, very normal family. It could easily be my family.”
He Named Me Malala debuted on the film festival circuit to positive reviews in August.
Listen to the full interview at NPR.