GCC in Albion, Medina will show acclaimed film about Pakistani schoolgirl

Posted 13 February 2016 at 12:00 am

“I am Malala” will be shown for free to community

Press Release, GCC

In continuing the year-long effort to provide dynamic programs focused on the theme “Education Around the World,” the Global Education Committee of Genesee Community College will present a free viewing of the internationally acclaimed film, “He Named Me Malala” at the Albion Campus on Tuesday, March 8 at 6 p.m. and at the Medina Campus on Wednesday, March 30 at 6 p.m.

After the moving and heart-rending ‘read-out’ forum this past fall where GCC students and faculty shared excerpts from Malala Yousafzai’s book, “I am Malala,” members of the Global Education Committee decided to expand the offering on this contemporary topic to include the full, 88-minute movie about Malala.

The film looks at the events leading up to the Taliban’s attack on the young Pakistani schoolgirl for her speaking out in support of girls’ education. After surviving the assassination attempt in 2012, her activism then took the global stage. She founded the Malala Fund to empower girls through education, was invited to speak before the United Nations, and she won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. The film about her life is rated PG13.

“Riveting, and at times overwhelming, ‘He Named Me Malala’ is a highly inspirational and a delight to watch,” according to recent reviews. It is part-documentary, part animation and part live action and is wholly narrated by Malala and her father. It is directed by Academy Award winner Davis Guggenheim.

Both Albion and Medina events will feature light refreshments and include a facilitated informal discussion following the showing of the film. The events will run from 6 p.m. until approximately 8:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Seating is first come – first served.