Guggenheim (pictured, left) won an Academy Award in 2007 for climate change doc An Inconvenient Truth and also helmed Waiting for ‘Superman’, which focused on the U.S. public education system. His latest film is an “intimate portrait” of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and shot when returning home on a school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.
Through the partnership, National Geographic Channel and National Geographic Society will join the global launch campaign for the film and support its theatrical release in October. The film will also air in 2016 across Nat Geo channels in 171 countries.
According to a release issued by the net, Nat Geo will support the film “with all of the resources” of its network of channels, as well as through the National Geographic Society in National Geographic Magazine, National Geographic Digital Media, National Geographic Education Programs and National Geographic Kids, among others.
He Named Me Malala examines Yousafzai’s life both before and after the attack. The activist was just 15 when she was singled out and shot by the Taliban for advocating for girls’ education. Since her recovery, Yousafzai has led a global campaign for girls’ education through The Malala Fund.
“This is a film that you leave not only feeling incredibly inspired, but truly wanting to make a difference. As leaders in bringing stories of global importance to the largest audience possible, it is more than just an honor to be part of this project, I feel it is our duty,” said Courteney Monroe, CEO of National Geographic Channels, in a statement.
“That is why we are joining this project as true partners, from the global theatrical release through our eventual television broadcast, and dedicating our collective resources to bring Malala’s important journey and advocacy for girls’ education to millions of people worldwide,” the exec continued.
He Named Me Malala is being released by Fox Searchlight Pictures – in association with Image Nation Abu Dhabi and Participant Media – with National Geographic Channel. The film is produced by Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Davis Guggenheim, and executive producers include Mohamed Al Mubarak and Michael Garin from Image Nation Abu Dhabi, Jeff Skoll from Participant Media and Shannon Dill.