'A Girl From Paradise': Documentary on Malala's story set to release in Canada

Published: October 4, 2013

"The film focuses and explores how the failure to silence Malala has inspired men, women, and children, not only in Swat Valley but beyond the borders of Pakistan," said the director. PHOTO: OMAR GILANI

MINGORA: The first documentary film on the life of iconic Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai is going to be released in Canada this week.

The film, titled ‘A Girl From Paradise’, will then journey from Canada to China, to Europe and then to USA.

The documentary has been directed and produced by award-winning Pakistan-Canadian Journalist Mohsin Abbas who, along with his crew, spent nine months in Pakistan, United Kingdom and Czech Republic, interviewing a wide range of people during its shooting.

The film is reported to have some very rare and exclusive footage of Malala Yousafzai.

“It focuses and explores how the failure to silence Malala has inspired men, women, and children, not only in Swat Valley but beyond the borders of Pakistan.

It opens with a focus on Malala Yousafzai, Kainat Riaz and Shazia Ramzan, the three Swat girls, shot by Pakistani Taliban for advocating education for girls.

“The documentary focuses the struggle of Malala: the mayhem in Swat and how she advocated for girls education in its midst, how her struggle became a symbol for the fight of education across Pakistan,” he said.

The teenager from Pakistan’s Swat Valley is an outspoken and articulate advocate of education in her country.

He said that girls make up the majority of the world’s 61 million out-of-school children and they are less likely than boys to enter primary education.

“Pakistan’s literacy rate is among the lowest in the world and the number of children out of school is the second highest while it spends seven times more on its military than on education,” said Abbas.

Reader Comments (9)

  • hmm
    Oct 4, 2013 - 11:49PM
  • Ak
    Oct 5, 2013 - 12:00AM

    waiting anxiously

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  • bashir
    Oct 5, 2013 - 12:14AM

    she might very well get a noble peace prize..whether it is deserved or not, does it matter.after all Obama/Kissinger/Arafat/Peres have had one.(nothing to do with peace)

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  • ashar
    Oct 5, 2013 - 12:28AM

    What an opportunity and what an exploitation

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  • fyza gandapur
    Oct 5, 2013 - 12:39AM

    “The documentary focuses the struggle of Malala”
    Seriously?

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  • akahtar
    Oct 5, 2013 - 8:09AM

    by the way she contributed for whom? if some has to say some thing please do share with ordinary people of pakistan.
    in fact, father behind this girl is playing,world has been egnegaged in this game or they innocent or shrude?

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  • csmann
    Oct 5, 2013 - 9:06AM

    As one of the columnists put it-” she is doing what the emasculated, impotent men of Pakistan should be doing.” But I see they are showing their colors, allright.The “verbal Taliban” have their “columinous guns” out, but the voice of reason and bravery can’t be silenced by bullets,neither base tongues.

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  • Salman Khan Ganeshpooja
    Oct 7, 2013 - 11:12AM

    This is basically a tactic to insult the Muslims of the world and humiliate them again. I being non Muslim can clearly see through it, probably you can feel it deep inside.Oh here comes the caring documentary, like 500,000 did not die in Iraq. Laughing

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  • Hardtofixcrooks
    Oct 10, 2013 - 11:50AM

    Is this jealousy or mindset? Neither she nor her father invited the attackers to shot her.

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