Malala film inspires teenagers

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BBC News School Reporters say watching the new documentary film He Named Me Malala has inspired them to work harder at their studies.

The story of the Pakistani schoolgirl, who was shot by the Taliban in 2012 for defending her right to an education, shocked the world.

The film traces the Nobel Peace Prize winner's story from the time before she was shot, to her journey now as an education activist.

School Reporters Miles, Joseph, Argtim and Felix from Skinners' Acedemy in Hackney, London, attended a pupil premiere of the film - organised by the Into Film Festival for young people - ahead of its nationwide release on 6 November.

The Year 10 students say the film is inspiring and makes them realise how fortunate they to have a free and safe education.

Argtim, 15, said: "To see the lengths she went to to get an education - she was willing to die for it - has made me review my own attitude.

"Everyone probably takes their education here in England for granted.".

Miles, 14, said: "I would recommend that families go and see the film so that children see that they should make the most of school.

"They're lucky to be given an education for free and with no danger.

"I think that during the film you start to realise that her situation was not just hers but millions of other girls across the world."

The School Reporters - top row (l to r) Joseph and Miles, bottom row (l to r) Argtim and Felix The School Reporters - top row (l to r) Joseph and Miles, bottom row (l to r) Argtim and Felix

Joseph, 14, said: "I learnt about her life and all that she's doing for her cause. But I also learnt about the importance of education - it's very important. I'll definitely make more effort now."

The 88-minute film has a parental guidance (PG) rating of 13.

"There were a few pictures that were quite saddening, but there weren't too many gruesome bits," explained Felix, 14.

'Very mature person'

The School Reporters also enjoyed the fact that the film revealed more about the Nobel Peace Prize winner's personality.

Argtim says: "I loved it because it lets us see another side to Malala - it gives a more personal, private view of her."

Joseph was also impressed that Malala was not bitter about what happened.

"I was very surprised by the fact that she said she wasn't angry with the Taliban. I think she's a very mature person to say they were just doing what they thought was right."

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After the screening, Harry Potter star Emma Watson conducted a live question and answer session with Mala via satellite link, with the interview screened in more than 80 cinemas around the UK.

One question answered by Malala came from Argtim and was about the kind of effect her story has had on her brothers.

"It's quite exciting to have your name read out by a famous person! Malala said it had had a positive impact on her brothers because they saw what she did to get an education."

Felix added: "I think it's good they picked Emma Watson because she's a feminist and she has stood up for women".

The Into Film Festival 2016 will enable more than 400,000 young people aged 5 to 19, from all backgrounds and all parts of the UK, to learn about film and interact with film-makers.

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