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Sep 30, 2015

By Carmen Triola

The L.A. premiere, held on Sept. 29 at the Microsoft Theater, featured a video message from First Lady Michelle Obama.

When Davis Guggenheim sets out to make a new movie — like his documentaries An Inconvenient Truth and the upcoming He Named Me Malala — he thinks of family first.

"I always make a movie with a certain audience in mind," the director tells The Hollywood Reporter. "When I made An Inconvenient Truth, I imagined my cousins who live in Ohio who are Republicans. I imagined them watching the movie and hoping to convince them that climate change was real. But with [Malala], I thought a lot about my own daughters, and [convincing] them that Malala [Yousafzai's] story is inspirational and that her cause is broad." Read more here.

Sep 30, 2015

Sonali Kohli

Jhovalli Castanee started getting bullied when she was 8. Kids made fun of her because she was chubby — they called her a ball or a pig, she said. They said she had to be rolled to school.

In fifth grade, with the encouragement of her friends, she started standing up for herself.  Now she's a freshman at Alliance Alice M. Baxter College-Ready High School, a charter school in San Pedro, where she said she doesn't get teased.

On Tuesday, Jhovalli attended a screening of the documentary “He Named Me Malala,” about Nobel Peace Prize winner and education activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban after demanding equal access to school for girls. She has continued speaking out since then. 

“I liked how she believes in herself,” Jhovalli said. “She’s not afraid of anything.... She won’t be put down easily.”

Jhovalli was one of about 7,000 high school girls from around Los Angeles County who were invited to the West Coast premiere screening of the new documentary at the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live. Read more here.

Sep 28, 2015


Microsoft Theater, September 29th 2015

WHAT:  Girls Build LA Challenge (GBLA) will launch on September 29, 2015 with a special West Coast Premiere Screening of Academy Award®-winner Davis Guggenheim's highly anticipated documentary HE NAMED ME MALALA. 7,000 high school girls from across Los Angeles County are expected to see the film and participate in the Girls Build LA event at AEG’s Micros

oft Theater. This event is made possible in part with the support of presenting sponsors 21st Century Fox, AEG, and Guess

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WHO:  Academy Award winning director and activist Davis Guggenheim; Co-Founder of the United Farm Workers Dolores Huerta; a special video message from First Lady Michelle Obama; and thousands of local high school girls from across LAUSD

WHEN:  Tuesday September 29

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.  Media arrivals/set up

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.   Sideline interviews with the female students attending the screening

10:00 a.m.  Screening begins; opportunity to capture pre/post film activities in the theater (no filming during screening)

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.  Interview opportunities with Director Davis Guggenheim

12:00 p.m.  Interview opportunities at post-screening festival with attendees and LA Fund representatives

WHERE:  Microsoft Theater, 777 Chick Hearn Court, Downtown Los Angeles (90015)  Note:  11th Street turns into Chick Hearn Court; Theater is across the street from Staples Center. Media parking is in LOT C (Los Angeles Convention Center) off of Cherry Street between 11th Street and Pico or Los Angeles Convention Center West Parking Structure. Camera crews will be permitted to film at a designated area on site

To attend and cover the event, please RSVP to Alexandra.Stabler@42West.Net by Monday, September 28th. 



Designed to encourage girls to pursue their education and challenge them to be problem solvers in their schools and communities, GBLA will give girls in Los Angeles the opportunity to design and implement community based solutions that effect widespread change. The countywide initiative will challenge up to 50 teams per year for three years to identify a key proble

m in their community and engineer a solution. "Ambassadors" from schools will identify barriers that exist in their schools and communities that are critical to their success. Funding of these projects will help spawn community-based solutions across the county.

As part of the GBLA program and with the support of the Board of County Supervisors, October will be designated Girl Empowerment Month, bringing critical visibility to issues of gender equity. During the month, libraries throughout the county will feature books about inspiring women and girls and businesses, non-profits and government agencies will host a variety of activities promoting the empowerment of young women in Los Angeles.

For more information on the LA Fund and GBLA, please visit us at, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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 retuning 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.

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman) shows us how Malala, her father Ziauddin and her family are committed to fighting for education for all girls worldwide. The film gives us an inside glimpse into this extraordinary young girls' life – from her close relationship with her father who inspired her love for education, to her impassioned speeches at the UN, to her everyday life with her parent and brothers.

The feature-length documentary is distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures in association with the National Geographic Channel, and produced by Image Nation Abu Dhabi and Participant Media and National Geographic Channel.  It is a Parkes-MacDonald and A Little Room production. The film opens in theaters NY and LA on October 2, 2015 and expands nationwide on October 9.  For more information on the film, please visit:


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MEDIA CONTACTS              

Anna Miller

Alexandra Stabler

Aug 11, 2015

Stacey Snider

Co-chairman,Twentieth Century Fox Studios

“I have pretty much dedicated my philanthropic efforts toward education. I have to say that in this space one of the people I look up to most is Megan Chernin, and what she has done with the fund. She’s just such a powerhouse. What I envy is the impact the fund has, because of her dedication and her ability to use her access and resources to get stuff done. When Searchlight became involved with ‘He Named Me Malala,’ it just felt like I could facilitate a marriage between the film, the Malala Fund, the message of the film and the fund that Megan chairs.” Click here to read more.

Jul 16, 2015

By Ryan Scott

Summer is the high season for interns, so corporate environments everywhere often look a little younger. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), estimates of the total number of interns range from one to two million – but this is only a guess, since so many businesses don’t document unpaid interns.

The explosion of internships gets a deservedly bad rap as a frequently unfair channel for free or cheap labor. But if handled thoughtfully by both sides as a structured mentoring experience providing opportunities for meaningful work, internships can be a mutually beneficial tool for businesses and students alike.

In the best of worlds, companies are able to lay the seeds for millennial recruitment by developing relationships with future job seekers, while also creating brand ambassadors that can spread the positive word about their organizations to other employee prospects. And mentoring an intern can serve as a novel form of community outreach that’s uniquely rewarding for existing employees. Click here to read more.

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