Malala Yousafzai Inspires Guests to ‘Be A Child and Dream as Big as You Can …

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Malala Yousafzai Inspires Guests to ‘Be A Child and Dream as Big as You Can’ at ‘He Named Me Malala’ Premiere.

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head by the Taliban after advocating for women’s rights, made her Hollywood debut at the premiere of Fox Searchlight’s documentary “He Named Me Malala” at New York’s Ziegfeld Theatre on Thursday night. Flashing a big smile, Malala proudly walked down the red carpet with a delegation of girl leaders from developing nations by her side and remained unfazed by the glitz and glamour. “People here tonight supporting me, my father and the film is the biggest honor,” Malala told Variety moments before the screening. “I’m hopeful this film will spread the message about how important it is for girls and for every child to have an education. The documentary chronicles the Pakistani teen’s journey as an education activist, and how the Taliban tried to kill her at age 15 for championing girls’ rights. “She brought the world hope and opportunity and she’s continuing to do that,” Solo said. “I believe that we’re capable of doing so much more than we ever believed possible. Elisabeth Shue, whose husband David Guggenheim directed the documentary, revealed that her 9-year-old daughter Agnes is one of Malala’s best friends. “When you see how much she loves Agnes, you realize she’s just filled with an abundant amount of love,” the actress said. “And it’s extraordinary considering where she came from and what happened to her.” Change matters and you have to continue to fight and to never give up.” The film also chronicles not only the milestone moments in her life – such as becoming the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and speaking at the United Nations – but also her experiences at home with her brothers and at school. “Malala is the juxtaposition of a remarkable, singular, charismatic global leader and a completely ordinary teenage girl,” producer Laurie MacDonald told Variety. “She was insecure about being at a new school, worried about how she was going to do on the science test and she fights with her brother.

She’s such a natural orator and so good at distilling an idea, but she’s also just like every girl in the world.” Guggenheim spent two years with Malala to create the documentary and said his time with her was the “greatest privilege of my life.” He is confident that the young humanitarian’s work will have an impact around the world. “Girls everywhere can learn from Malala’s story. When you speak out and you risk everything, the world will listen,” he said. “When you believe, you can do anything and that’s a great message for the world. The girls who will see this movie will say, ‘If I believe in myself, I can do great things too.” Following the screening, Scarlett Johansson and her husband Romain Dauriac; Guggenheim’s wife Elizabeth Shue; Andrew Shue and his wife, ABC journalist Amy Robach; Alicia Keys; and Ivanka Trump were among the guests that gave Malala a standing ovation as she and her father entered the auditorium for a Q&A.

Make sure that you don’t put limits on yourself,” she told the crowd. “I have noticed that when girls reach a certain age they start putting limits on themselves.

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