He Named Me Malala makes the 2016 Oscars documentary shortlist

He Named Me Malala makes the 2016 Oscars documentary shortlist

He Named Me Malala is an American documentary detailing Malala's family life in central England
03 Dec, 2015

Documentary film He Named Me Malala has made the cut in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' documentary shortlist. 15 films have been selected out of a pool of 124 submissions.

He Named Me Malala details Malala's family life in central England, where she has lived since the 2012 Taliban attack on her in Swat for her advocacy of girls' education. Malala has since grown in recognition as an activist for female education activist and is also the youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize.

The film, directed by American director/producer Davis Guggenheim (of An Inconvenient Truth fame), has been produced by Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ (UAE) and Participant Media (USA).

It released in the US on October 2, and has been screened at several film festivals, including Toronto International Film Festival. The film won the Best Gala Film award at the San Diego Film Festival.

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The full documentary shortlist is as follows:

“Amy,” On the Corner Films and Universal Music

“Best of Enemies,” Sandbar

“Cartel Land,” Our Time Projects and The Documentary Group

“Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” Jigsaw Productions

“He Named Me Malala,” Parkes-MacDonald and Little Room

“Heart of a Dog,” Canal Street Communications

“The Hunting Ground,” Chain Camera Pictures

“Listen to Me Marlon,” Passion Pictures

“The Look of Silence,” Final Cut for Real

“Meru,” Little Monster Films

“3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets,” The Filmmaker Fund, Motto Pictures, Lakehouse Films, Actual Films, JustFilms, MacArthur Foundation and Bertha BRITDOC

“We Come as Friends,” Adelante Films

“What Happened, Miss Simone?,” RadicalMedia and Moxie Firecracker

“Where to Invade Next,” Dog Eat Dog Productions

“Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom,” Pray for Ukraine Productions

The final five nominees of the Documentary Feature category will be announced live with the rest of the 88th Academy Awards nominations on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at 5:30am PT at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.


Hasan Dec 03, 2015 01:27pm
Unfortunately this movie does not offer anything. Its direction is poor but it do give the feel good factor to America that look at Pakistan and their third world mentality. Do the people of Pakistan know that this movie is used by the Republicans and Donald trump camp to state that see these guys are our real enemies. It do portray Pakistan as the stone age country. Now i am getting sick and tired of these nominations. Pakistan has tons of short films but Americans just want specific propaganda all the time. These movies just serve the purpose of Conservatives/Republicans for their votebank in America.
UFO Dec 03, 2015 01:59pm
Of course she deserves an Oscar. Good luck
Patrick Sarsfield Dec 03, 2015 06:25pm
She has made phenomenal advances in her education since her arrival in the UK It goes to show how quickly Pakistan would progress if the women of the country were properly educated
Nasir Dec 03, 2015 06:31pm
Excellent- hope she wins
Nasir Dec 03, 2015 06:32pm
Excellent hope she wins I wonder how long it is before the haters in Pakistan start complaining
Magister Dec 03, 2015 07:49pm
Those who fund her support her!
MSAlvi Dec 03, 2015 08:12pm
I have already awarded my Oscar to Malala and her documentary. Pakistan should be proud of her.
MSAlvi Dec 03, 2015 08:15pm
I think her documentary is going to win Oscar, because the subject matter is so great.
Patrick Sarsfield Dec 03, 2015 10:19pm
@Nasir The begrudges always begrudge women in Pakistan Culturally men do not like educated women
Summer Dec 03, 2015 10:55pm
And it probably will win.
Rehan Dec 04, 2015 03:16am
@Patrick Sarsfield Please elaborate what kind of advancement you are talking about
ravi vancouver Dec 04, 2015 03:59am
@Hasan Truth is always bitter, talibans are disgrace to Pakistan. I hope Malala movie wins Oscar for documentry.
Maysay Dec 04, 2015 05:10am
@Summer: InshaAllah
Sobia Dec 04, 2015 12:36pm
@Hasan You are right. This film will not only get nominated but it will surely secure an oscar for reasons you already stated. Please Hollywood! Surprise me. I have supported Malala and her causes but I am seriously getting tired of the world using her as an image for Pakistan women. Pakistan may not a heaven on earth for women but we do get education. We are doctors, engineers, pilots, artists and scientists. We do have careers and we are supported by men in our families. The world needs to stop stereotyping whole Pakistan by one unfortunate incident. I am also tired of Malala for constantly cashing her tragedy. What happened to her happened to other Pakistanis as well when terrorism was its peak. Now the world needs to move on and Malala should focus on her studies. We don't need a constant reminder of our tragic past. Thank you very much.
msadiq Dec 04, 2015 03:28pm
She will make to every short list !
S Dec 05, 2015 02:13am
@ravi vancouver I hope the documentary film "India's daughter" also gets a nomination.