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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Davis Guggenheim’s Untitled Malala Yousafzai Project

Sundance like their share of star-studded world premiere screenings and I can’t think of a bigger one than this Nobel Peace prize winner. Davis Guggenheim began filming the docu-portrait on Pakistani student activist Malala Yousafzai back in July of 2012, and her timeline only got filled with more film “content” worthy moments including her being the youngest winner in the history of the prize. A favorite filmmaker of the festival with showings of his An Inconvenient Truth, It Might Get Loud, and Waiting For Superman, this became a mega philanthropic project when Participant Media jumped aboard.

Gist: This is a look at the events leading up to the Taliban’s attack on the young Pakistani school girl, Malala Yousafzai, for speaking out on girls’ education and the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations.

Production Co./Producers: Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. Parkes.

Prediction: Documentary Premieres section.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBD (domestic). TBD (international)

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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