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Taliban Fear One School Girl

Malala Yousafzai is a 14-year-old girl from the Swat valley of Pakistan. The Taliban shot her in the head in an assassination attempt. She is no ordinary girl, however, as she has been a student and education activist since 2009, which is when she began writing a blog under a pseudonym detailing her life under the Taliban rule, their attempts to take control of the Swat valley, and her views on promoting education for girls.

Malala featured in a New York Times documentary her life as the Pakistani military intervened in the region, trying to crush the Taliban. The film describes how Taliban wanted to shut down her school so that girls could not study. Yousafzai became known to the world and was also honored with a number of peace prizes, including the International Children’s Peace Prize by Desmond Tutu as well as Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize.

However, Malala’s activism was too much for the Taliban, who cowardly tried to assassinate the 14year old girl on October 9th, 2012. She was shot in the head while returning home on a school bus, but she survived the attack. After her critical condition ameliorated she was transported to a hospital in the UK, where she is making steady progress getting better.

On October 12th a group of 50 Islamic clerics in Pakistan issued a fatwa against the perpetrators who attacked Malala, while the Taliban reiterated their intent to kill the girl and her father, Ziauddin. The shooting shows that  the Taliban are afraid that a single school girl's efforts can be crucial for millions longing for democracy and secularization. 

We recommend to you to watch:
*  CLASS DISMISSED profiles Malala Yousafzai’s life in the Swat valley of Pakistan where the Taliban want to close down schools that provide education for girls. 
* 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.
* ARMADILLO by Janus Metz, nominated for the Cinema for Peace Justice Award in 2011, depicts the war in Afghanistan through the perspective of Danish soldiers fighting in the frontline of the Afghanistan conflict and give the Afghani population a voice. The viewer has seldom been so authentically close to shooting and controversial discussion.


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"Class Dismissed" by Adam B. Ellick and Irfan Ashraf

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

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"Armadillo" by Janus Metz, nominated for Cinema for Peace Award for Justice 2011