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Davis Guggenheim's Malala Yousafzai Documentary Gets Backing from Participant Media

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 9, 2014 at 4:45PM

Participant Media has come aboard Davis Guggenheim's documentary on Pakistani student activist Malala Yousafzai, who survived a brutal assassination attempt by the Taliban in 2012.
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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

Participant Media has come aboard Davis Guggenheim's documentary on Pakistani student activist Malala Yousafzai, who survived a brutal assassination attempt by the Taliban in 2012. Participant will co-finance the film with Abu Dhabi's Image Nation. 

Yousafzai, only 14 at the time of the attack, was boarding her school bus when she was shot in the head and neck. She made a miraculous recovery in Birmingham, England, and has since continued speaking out internationally for girls' education rights in her home country. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013.

Guggenheim ("Waiting for Superman") began filming back in July, and covered -- among many things -- her speech to the UN General Assembly last summer, her first public speech since the assassination attempt.

We're excited about this doc. Not only is Yousafzai a stunning example of bravery and perseverance, but she's also thoughtful and eloquent. Check out her moving interview with Jon Stewart here.

The film, currently untitled, is eyeing a 2015 release. No announced distribution deal 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.