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In the Works: Guggenheim Starts Doc on 15-Year-Old Pakistani Activist Malala Yousafzai, Survivor of Taliban Assassination Attempt

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 16, 2013 at 12:42PM

A July production start has been set for a feature-length documentary, to be directed by Davis Guggenheim ("Waiting for Superman"), on 15-year-old Pakistani student activist Malala Yousafzai, who last year survived a brutal assassination attempt by the Taliban. She was targeted for speaking out on behalf of girls' education in her community.
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Cover detail of Malala Yousafzai from the 2013 TIME 100 issue
Cover detail of Malala Yousafzai from the 2013 TIME 100 issue

A July production start has been set for a feature-length documentary, to be directed by Davis Guggenheim ("Waiting for Superman"), on 15-year-old Pakistani student activist Malala Yousafzai, who last year survived a brutal assassination attempt by the Taliban. She was targeted for speaking out on behalf of girls' education in her community.

After being shot in the head and neck when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her school bus, Yousafzai made a miraculous recovery in Birmingham, England, and bravely continues to campaign for access to safe education for Pakistani children.

She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and was listed as one of  TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2013. Next month, Yousafzai will speak in front of the UN General Assemly in the US -- her first time in the country -- as a celebration of her 16th birthday. Guggenheim's documentary will capture the event.

Count us excited for this one. The currently untitled film is eyeing a late 2014 theatrical release, though no distributor has been chosen yet. 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.