WEB DESK:Famous Star of the thrilling Harry Potter series, Emma Watson met the world’s youngest Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai at the Into Film Festival premiere of the anticipated big screen biopic He Named Me Malala and interviewed her as a part of the event.
The British actress gave Malala a chance to open up on education and her ambitions in the interview,which was screened in over 80 cinemas around UK.
It was also posted on Emma’s official Facebook Page and later shared on Malala Fund (Malala’s Official Facebook Page).
The two powerful female personalities were visibly impressed by each other. Malala remarked how she was so glad to see Emma finally in person, to which the Harry Potter actress blushed.
Emma kick started the Q& Ans session by asking Malala about positive goals that her foundation had.
“Regarding the goal that I have set, it is very simple and straight-forward. Every single child should have access to education,” she responded. “Every child in the world should have access to primary and secondary education.”
Malala also expressed her views on feminism during the session and said that she hesitated at first at the word but then began using it.
“I consider myself a feminist,” said the teenage-activist. “Feminism to me, is another word for equality.”
During the interview, Malala lauded her father who she said stood up for her right to education and freedom. She also brought to light, the importance of men supporting female education and stated that it was necessary.
“Men must also campaign for the rights of women,” she said. “We must work side by side and with each other.”
He Named Me Malala, directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, is a biopic of Malala, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.
Also, the biopic focuses on Malala’s activities after the tragic shooting incident and her constant efforts to highlight the importance of education for all.
Into Film Festival opening Q&A
Today I met Malala. She was giving, utterly graceful, compelling and intelligent. That might sound obvious but I was struck by this even more in person. There are lots of NGOs out there in the world doing great things… But if there were one I would put my money on to succeed and make change on this planet, it would be hers. (The Malala Fund). Malala isn't messing around or mincing her words (one of the many reasons I love her). She has the strength of her convictions coupled with the kind of determination I rarely encounter… And it doesn't seem to have been diminished by the success she has already had. And lastly…She has a sense of peace around her. I leave this for last because it is perhaps the most important. Maybe as a result of what she has been through? I personally think it is just who she is…Perhaps the most moving moment of today for me was when Malala addressed the issue of feminism. To give you some background, I had initially planned to ask Malala whether or not she was a feminist but then researched to see whether she had used this word to describe herself. Having seen that she hadn't, I decided to take the question out before the day of our interview. To my utter shock Malala put the question back into one of her own answers and identified herself. Maybe feminist isn't the easiest word to use… But she did it ANYWAY. You can probably see in the interview how I felt about this. She also gave me time at the end of the Q&A to speak about some of my own work, which she most certainly didn't need to do, I was there to interview her. I think this gesture is so emblematic of what Malala and I went on to discuss. I've spoken before on what a controversial word feminism is currently. More recently, I am learning what a factionalized movement it is too. We are all moving towards the same goal. Let's not make it scary to say you're a feminist. I want to make it a welcoming and inclusive movement. Let's join our hands and move together so we can make real change. Malala and I are pretty serious about it but we need you. With love, Emma x#HeNamedMeMalala #notjustamovieamovement Malala Fund Into Film
Posted by Emma Watson on Wednesday, November 4, 2015