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

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by Beth Hanna
July 16, 2013 12:42 PM
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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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