He Named Me Malala Review #withMalala

He Named Me Malala

Title: He Named Me Malala

Genre: Documentary

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Release Date: December 15, 2015

About the Movie:

HE NAMED ME MALALA is an intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, who was wounded when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her and her friends’ school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.The then 15-year-old teenager, who had been targeted for speaking out on behalf of girls’ education in her region of Swat Valley in Pakistan, was shot in the head, sparking international media outrage. An educational activist in Pakistan, Yousafzai has since emerged as a leading campaigner for the rights of children worldwide and in December 2014, became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

My Review:

I knew a bit about Malala Yousafzai from watching her interview with Diane Sawyer back in 2013.  I was very impressed by her bravery and by her father’s commitment to her and her brother’s education.

After seeing He Called Me Malala, I am even more in awe of the Yousafzai family’s determination, as well as their capacity for forgiveness.

In the movie, we learn that Zia Yousafzai named his daughter Malala (against his wife’s wishes), after a strong heroine of the second Anglo-Afghan war.  The heroine, Malalai, picked up the Afghan flag after the flag bearer died and rallied her fellow fighters.  Malala’s father told the story this way, “It is better to live one day as a lionthan to live as a slave for 100 years.”

I believe that her strong birth name is part of the reason why Malala refused to give up her fight for education for all girls, even after she was nearly killed by the Taliban.  Even knowing she could never go back home to Pakistan or she would be killed.

Another amazing trait of Malala and her father is their capacity for forgiveness.  Zia tells the filmmaker, “A person didn’t shoot my daughter.  An ideology did.”

For all of Malala’s selflessness, though, one of my favorite parts of the movie, was seeing Malala in day to day interactions with her parents and brothers.  She really is just a normal teenage girl, in  many ways, who was born into extraordinary circumstances.  What she makes of those circumstances is what makes her so amazing.

On Monday, February 29th at 8/7c, the National Geographic Channel presents the exclusive global broadcast television premiere of He Named Me Malala.

NGC, along with 21st Century Fox, have launched a social media initiative to raise awareness for girls’ education.  Leading up to the television debut, Facebook fans can show their support by changing their profile picture using a custom-designed animation.  On Twitter, users can contribute by sending out a tweet using the hashtag #standwithMalala. For every profile picture changed and each tweet sent with the hashtag, 21st Century Fox will donate $1 to the Malala Fund, for a total donation of up to $50,000.

Find out more at:

Won’t you join me and stand #withMalala?

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for 20th Century Fox. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Relay For Kids – Helping Kids in Crisis #Relay4Kids

Relay for KidsAs you know, I am passionate about children’s causes.  The Global Team of 200 and Social Good Moms, of which I am a member, supports SOS Children’s Villages.  a global charity which provides shelter, food and medical care to children living in crisis zones, such as Syria, Ukraine and West Africa.

SOS Children’s Villages is the largest organization devoted to the care of orphaned and abandoned children.  SOS Children’s Villages builds families for children in need, helps them shape their own futures and share in the development of their communities. We believe that every child deserves a loving home and family, and with that – an education and quality health care.

With 545 villages in more than 130 countries and territories, SOS Children’s Villages is raising more than 82,000 children. In places such as West Africa, Syria and Ukraine, we currently operate 24/7 emergency relief services for affected children and their families. To learn more about SOS Children’s Villages, visit www.sos-usa.org.

SOS Children’s Villages, Johnson & Johnson and the Huffington Post have launched Relay for Kids – a virtual relay that will help provide shelter, food and medical care to children in crisis.

Starting March 23, child advocates from around the world began posting and sharing a series of stories on the Huffington Post as part of Relay for Kids, a monthlong virtual relay with a potential to raise up to $30,000 to help improve the lives of children living in crises.

Millions of children worldwide are in dire need of food, medical care and a safe place to sleep at night. In war-torn Syria, 5.6 millions of children – roughly the population of Los Angeles and Philadelphia combined – are either caught in the line of fire, displaced from their home or living in poverty. Throughout West Africa, the Ebola outbreak has killed more than 10,000 people, leaving thousands of children without parental care. And in countries like Haiti and the Philippines, children are still experiencing the aftermath of natural disasters that have destroyed their families, homes, schools and communities.

Launched by SOS Children’s Villages, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson and in partnership with the Huffington Post, Relay for Kids is helping to raise awareness about the plight of these children and inspire the world to take action.

How Can We Help?

  • Every week, the Huffington Post’s Global Motherhood will feature three blogs that will focus on helping children in crisis. Relay for Kids blog participants include: Anne Geddes, world-renowned photographer; Dr. Jane Aronson, Founder and CEO of the Worldwide Orphans Foundation; Anne Goddard, President and CEO of ChildFund International; and caregivers from SOS Children’s Villages who have worked with children affected by crisis in places like Syria and West Africa.
  • Blog posts shared via social media on the Huffington Post will trigger a $1 donation from Johnson & Johnson—up to $30,000*— to SOS Children’s Villages.
  • The virtual relay will conclude on April 24 with funds going to SOS Children’s Villages to help provide shelter, food and medical care to children living in crisis zones, such as Syria, Ukraine and West Africa.
  • In addition, people can upload a photo to Donate a Photo* and Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 — up to $20,000** — for children in crisis.

*Blogs must be shared between March 23 and April 24, on Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Reddit, Tumblr and Google+ via the Huffington Post’s social media icons. Each share will trigger a $1 donation up to $30,000. There are no limits on how many times you can share a post.

** via the Donate A Photo app for iOS and Android. Johnson & Johnson has curated a list of trusted causes, and users can donate a photo to one cause, once a day. Each cause will appear in the app until it reaches its goal, or the donation period ends. If the goal isn’t reached, the cause will still receive a minimum donation.