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Justice Award for Malala and Class Dismissed

Malala Yousafzai was attacked in October 2012 by the Taliban in their effort to shut down schools offering education for girls in Swat Valley. Yousafzai has been a vocal educational and girls' rights activist since 2009, when she started blogging for the BBC about her experiences under the Taliban rule and. She was shot in the head from point-blank range, but she survived and was transported to the UK to undergo surgery and major skull reconstruction. She is still receiving medical care but was recently able to return to school in the UK.

The Cinema for Peace Award for Justice 2013 was presented to Malala Yousafzai and the documentary film CLASS DISMISSED by Adam B. Ellick. The award was presented at Cinema for Peace Berlin by the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda, who said, "CLASS DISMISSED follows the exceptional story of Malala Yousafzai. The film reveals the pressure Malala and her family went through to get an education within a conflict zone. On 9 October 2012, Malala was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while she was returning home on a school bus. She is now slowly recovering and has been nominated for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize for her commitment to girls’ rights and education in Pakistan."

Last week, Angelina Jolie paid tribute to Malala during the Women in the World summit in New York, where she also announced a donation of 200 000 USD for Malala's fund. Jolie stated about her, "All that mattered to Malala was going to school. Here's what they [her attackers] accomplished: they shot her point-blank range in the head — and made her stronger. The brutal attempt to silence her voice made it stronger."

We invite you to watch the following films on the topic of Malala Yousafzai and the struggle against the oppressive Taliban rule:

  • CLASS DISMISSED by Adam B. Ellick profiles Malala Yousafzai’s life in the Swat valley of Pakistan where the Taliban wanted to close down schools that provide education for girls. Winner of the Cinema for Peace Award for Justice 2013.
  • ENEMIES OF HAPPINESS by Eva Mulvad, recipient of the International Human Rights Film Award by Cinema for Peace, Amnesty International and Human Rights Film Network in 2008, follows the story of Malalai Joya, the first Afghan woman ever to enter parliament, during her campaign to introduce democracy to a country long ruled by warlords and Taliban despite constant death threats and assassination attempts. After she was denied a travel visa to leave the country, she left illegally to come to Berlin to the Cinema for Peace-Gala, where she was honored by Hilary Swank.


Class Dismissed

"Class Dismissed"  by Adam B. Ellick, Cinema for Peace Award for Justice 2013

Enemies of Happiness

Enemies of Happiness by Eva Mulvad, International Human Rights Film Award 2008

Angelina Jolie Addressing Malala