HE NAMED ME MALALA – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

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henamedmemalalaposter She arm-wrestles her little brother. She teaches her dad how to tweet. She giggles at the suggestion that she finds Roger Federer cute. She’s just an ordinary teenager. Who has become a potent feminist symbol around the world. Who is the youngest winner ever of the Nobel Peace Prize (in 2014). And all because she was shot in the head by a Taliban soldier for daring to publicly state that girls should be allowed to go to school. (Boy, did that backfire on those primitive idiots.) Working from her book I Am Malala, documentarian Davis Guggenheim introduces us to the young woman — she turned 18 this summer — behind the headlines and the photo ops. Read more>>

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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson is a freelance writer on film, TV, DVD, and pop culture from New York City and now based in London. She is the webmaster and sole critic at FlickFilosopher.com, which debuted in 1997 and is now one of the most popular, most respected, and longest-running movie-related sites on the Internet. Her film reviews also appear in a variety of alternative-weekly newspapers across the U.S. Johanson is one of only a few film critics who is a member of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (the Webby organization), an invitation-only, 500-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities. She is also a member of the Online Film Critics Society. She has appeared as a cultural commentator on BBC Radio, LBC-London, and on local radio programs across North America, and she served as a judge at the first Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival at the 2003 I-Con, the largest SF convention on the East Coast. She is the author of The Totally Geeky Guide to The Princess Bride, and is an award-winning screenwriter. Read Johanson's recent articles below. For her AWFJ.org archive, type "MaryAnn Johanson" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).