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If you don't know who Malala Yousafzai is, now is a good time to learn

Joint-Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan arrives to speak on stage during the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.
Joint-Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan arrives to speak on stage during the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.
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Malala Yousafzai was targeted by the Taliban in 2012 for promoting education for girls in Pakistan. She was shot by extremists, but survived to act as a spokesperson for female education. In 2014, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy. All of this happened before her eighteenth birthday.

Now, there's a documentary about her life.

In "He Named Me Malala," documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim chronicles the "normal life" of the acclaimed human rights advocate, focusing on her family life and the challenges of being an internationally celebrated teenager.

"Spending the last 18 months with Malala, her father Ziauddin and their family has been one of the great experiences of my life," Guggenheim said when it was first announced that Fox Searchlight bought the distribution rights to the film.

"I want people to learn from the experience I had," Yousafzai says in the film's trailer. "I chose this life, and now I must continue it."

JJ Feinauer is a writer for Deseret News National. Email: jfeinauer@deseretdigital.com, Twitter: jjfeinauer.