Malala Yousafzai Speaks at UN Headquarters on July 12, 2013United Nations Foundation/AP


A Pakistani teen who was shot by the Taliban in retaliation for her advocacy on behalf of girls' education will have her story told on the big screen, in a documentary by an Academy Award-winning filmmaker.

Sixteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai will star in the doc from director Davis Guggenheim ("An Inconvenient Truth"), which will focus on her rise to international prominence following her harrowing attack at the hands of terrorists last year.

When she was 11, Yousafzai authored an anonymous blog about her life is Swat Valley, an area notorious for the Taliban's ban on girls attending school, using the platform to promote her belief in equal educational opportunities. She continued her advocacy and revealed her identity to the public, culminating in a nomination for the International Children's Peace Prize in 2011.

It was this fame that brought her unwanted attention from the Taliban, members of which boarded her school bus and shot her in October 2012. The bullet passed through her head, neck, and shoulder and caused swelling in her brain. Miraculously, Yousafzai survived the attack and has continued her advocacy undeterred, earning her a nomination earlier this year for the Nobel Peace Prize -- making her the youngest nominee in the Prize's history.

In addition to the forthcoming documentary, Yousafzai will also tell her story in her own words. Her memoir, "I am Malala," is due out sometime this fall.

[via THR]
Malala Yousafzai Speaks At UN

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