He Named Me Malala : connecting the historical, the local, and the global

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Social Identities, ISSN: 1350-4630, Vol: 23, Issue: 2, Page: 195-211

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Runa Das
Informa UK Limited
Social Sciences
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My essay highlights how this (otherwise excellent) documentary film He Named Me Malala suffers from a historical amnesia in failing to connect the historical, local, and global/Western factors that have set the political-social context within which occurred the Malala incident in 2012. This is because the documentary–exposing the voice of a Pakistani female activist as a postcolonial/global agent–does not look into the historical-colonial, Cold War, or the post-Cold War dynamics that have set the ‘context’ within which the theme of the documentary unfolded. My essay addresses these issues of historical amnesia, arguing that to better comprehend the Malala incident (and broadly the issue of gender violence in Pakistan’s socio-cultural context) it remains imperative to connect how factors of power, politics, and vested interests have intersected at historical, local, and global levels to explain the 2012 Malala incident.