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.