Thursday, November 19, 2015

Too much focus on the father in the film about Malala – Swedish Dagbladet

Today Malala Yousafzai 18 years old, she was 15 when she when she suffered the assassination attempt that almost killed her. The scenes from the hospital’s rehabilitation training hurts to see – she was shot in the head, still can not control the parts of the face, but escaped without damage to the intellect. Last year she received the Nobel Peace Prize for his continued fight for every child’s right to education, a struggle that she brought since 2008, the Taliban announced no girls in Pakistan longer allowed to go to school. Under a pseudonym, she wrote from that she was 11 years a diary for the BBC in which she described the terror of the home, but she was also outspoken in their own name in front of the TV cameras.

It is clear that the father’s political commitment and courage has shaped her, but by renaming the film of “He named me Malala” and let the father be heard much more than the mother, creates the director Davis Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth”) Ironically, he too a rather patriarchal story.

Malala Yousafzais mother was not herself at school when she was little, nobody wrote her into the family tree, and she was not looking camera light. Therefore it would have been interesting if the director made an effort a little more and raised questions about freedom and justice even to her. Now, we must instead go to the autobiography “I am Malala” to get a truer picture. Likewise, the documentary dimensions good if the father had to account for her feminist awakening, how is it that he broke the tradition and let raise her daughter as an equal.

“He named me Malala ‘ is a difficult film in the shadow of the violent world in which we now see developing much because of the children and adolescents deprived of the right to education. Precisely because it is so important. Malala Yousafzai is an exceptional man who in the documentary also become less saintly through scenes where she munhuggs with her little brothers and giggle at “Minions”. And if there is anything we, even in our safe part of the world can learn from her parents that a child can go to any length of hen may participate in the adult conversation.


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