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Malala and Emma: A Feminist Dream Team

November 4 marked the UK debut of “He Named Me Malala,” a biopic of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. Ms. Yousafzai, 18, is best known for her work advocating for female education and for surviving a Taliban assassination attempt when armed men climbed on board her school bus and shot her in the head. She is co-founder of the Malala Fund along with her friend Shiza Shahid.

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“There’s nothing wrong by calling yourself a feminist. So I’m a feminist and we all should be a feminist because feminism is another word for equality.” –Malala Yousafzai

After the screening at the Into Film Festival, UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson sat down for a Question and Answer session with Ms. Yousafzai. During the Q&A, which was broadcast to over 80 cinemas across the UK, Ms. Yousafzai disclosed that it was thanks to Ms. Watson that she became a feminist after viewing her passionate speech at the launch of UN HeForShe program.

The HeForShe campaign is a movement that encourages men to identify themselves as feminists and support for women’s rights because it will benefit their gender as well. This reflects an underlying theme of Malala’s life as she has been able to follow her educational dreams in part thanks to her father who allowed his daughter to follow her education and supported her through all her work.
Ms. Yousafzai finished her interview by taking questions from primary school children in England. She reminded the viewers that they are never to young to start making a difference. “Do the things that you want to do.  Don’t think that one day I’ll grow up and do things. Don’t wait for this day, it will be too late.”

Don’t miss these great films and panelists this weekend!

We hope you enjoyed the first weekend of the Global Voices Film Festival – we know we did!  See a full recap of the first two film nights here:  http://bostonfilms.wordpress.com/2010/09/27/film-festivals-first-weekend-a-great-success/

We’re gearing up for a big second weekend and we hope you are too!  Check out information about the films and our really amazing panelists here: http://bostonfilms.wordpress.com/2010/09/29/ready-for-some-great-panel-discussions/

And get your tickets now at http://www.bostonfilms.org/2010/tickets.htm

We hope you (and your friends) can be part of the discussion and debate!  See you this weekend!

Cheers,

UNA-GB Staff