He Named Me Malala
National Geographic, Astro Ch 553/ HD Ch 573, 9pm
This documentary sales gives us an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan's Swat Valley in 2012. The 15-year-old (she turns 18 this July) was singled out The gunman asked for her by name, then pointed a pistol directly at her and fired three shots. One bullet hit the left side of Malala's forehead, travelled under her skin through the length of her face, and went into her shoulder. For days following the attack, Malala remained unconscious and in critical condition, but her condition improved enough for her to be sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, for intensive rehabilitation. Malala was targeted by the Taliban because, along with her father, she was outspoken about the importance of girls getting an education in her country of Pakistan. The attack on Malala sparked an outcry around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls' education globally as co-found& of the Malala Fund.