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He Named Me Malala (2015)

He Named Me Malala is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old (she turns 18 this July) was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.

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“For my brothers it was easy to think about the future. They can be anything they want. But for me it was hard and for that reason I wanted to become educated and empower myself with knowledge.”

Malala Yousafzai continues to inspire and surprise in the moving and inspirational new documentary He Named Me Malala. Read an interview with director Davis Guggenheim here.

Seriously, did every single writer across the board decide to kill or write off minorities this season? They killed Black Canary on Arrow, the original female lead for no damn reason other than what we all know in our souls to be because of a fandom ship. they had two of the only five established queer characters in the vampire diaries/originals universe kill themselves. A universe that has a fuckton of characters and somehow there’s only five queer recurring or quest characters, four of which are now dead. Abbie Mills, the female lead of sleepy hollow for three seasons was killed off for no reason once again and without anyone even grieving her after being sidelined for whatever white female showed up for two seasons. They fast-forwarded through her funeral and everyone’s reaction to her death but not before finally, after three seasons, having a certain co-lead admit they loved her. Lexa from the 100 was shot by a stray bullet ala buffy which is disgusting on so many levels and I didn’t even like the character or the relationship she was in. Oh then lincoln on the same show was brutally murdered, one of the only black characters who were portrayed as a “good guy” on a show that generally makes the poc out to be savages. And now, Teen Wolf wrote off another female lead after sidelining her for a whole season and a half and then pretended she was coming back. This is after having the character send the main bad to hell but having the former female lead who died almost three seasons ago be the one attributed with saving the day because Scott had a memory of her. And now, after kicking the actor off the show, they’ve apparently invited back ian bohen, a man who tried to publically humilate her. And have even hinted that the white-passing villian who she saved the day from might actually be alive meanwhile her character is banished to new mexico never to be seen again. Oh, and then agents of shield gave  two characters that have only been on the show for maybe a season and doesn’t even have a fanbase a spinoff that might not even get picked up but they got their own show because what we really needed was another straight couple where the man treats the more capable woman as his property.

Is anyone seeing a pattern here? It’s not even the deaths or write offs or backtracking on diversity that’s getting to me because if it was contained to one show fine but how is all this shit literally happening in the span of a few weeks? There’s no way this is some big coincidence unless each of these writers are just that incredibly terrible and somehow all came to the same conclusion on what to do with these characters. How did we have such great strides towards diversity like korrasami and sleepy hollow having a mostly black and female cast and teen wolf showing an interracial relationship with no white people to whatever this bs is currently on tv. All these shows have caused their fans to hate them and each character is subsequently probably going to being replaced by someone straight, white, and/or male. Seriously, who is making these decisions and why does none of these writers see the issues with how they’re portraying people or writing their shows?

***Edit, somehow i forgot about the walking dead killing off one of it’s only two lesbian characters which should kind of be an indicator that there’s far too much of this bullshit going on. No matter what group you identify in if it isn’t the “default” white, straight, male, and cis then you’re in danger of dying or being sent away. That’s not even counting all the shows i’m not watching or just haven’t got a chance to catch up on.

69th BAFTA Nominees

BEST FILM
THE BIG SHORT – Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Brad Pitt
BRIDGE OF SPIES – Kristie Macosko Krieger, Marc Platt, Steven Spielberg
CAROL – Elizabeth Karlsen, Christine Vachon, Stephen Woolley
THE REVENANT – Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Arnon Milchan, Mary Parent, Keith Redmon
SPOTLIGHT – Steve Golin, Blye Pagon Faust, Nicole Rocklin, Michael Sugar

DIRECTOR
THE BIG SHORT – Adam McKay
BRIDGE OF SPIES – Steven Spielberg
CAROL – Todd Haynes
THE MARTIAN – Ridley Scott
THE REVENANT – Alejandro G. Iñárritu

LEADING ACTOR
BRYAN CRANSTON – Trumbo
EDDIE REDMAYNE – The Danish Girl
LEONARDO DICAPRIO – The Revenant
MATT DAMON – The Martian
MICHAEL FASSBENDER – Steve Jobs

LEADING ACTRESS
ALICIA VIKANDER
– The Danish Girl
BRIE LARSON – Room
CATE BLANCHETT – Carol
MAGGIE SMITH – The Lady in the Van
SAOIRSE RONAN – Brooklyn

SUPPORTING ACTOR
BENICIO DEL TORO – Sicario
CHRISTIAN BALE – The Big Short
IDRIS ELBA – Beasts of No Nation
MARK RUFFALO – Spotlight
MARK RYLANCE – Bridge of Spies

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
ALICIA VIKANDER – Ex Machina
JENNIFER JASON LEIGH – The Hateful Eight
JULIE WALTERS – Brooklyn
KATE WINSLET – Steve Jobs
ROONEY MARA – Carol

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