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UN to host special screening for Malala’s biopic

January 11, 2019

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The film’s poster.
The film’s poster.

KARACHI: Nobel Prize laureate and education activist Malala Yousafzai’s biopic Gul Makai will be screened at a special show organised by the United Nations.

According to Indian publication Mumbai Mirror, the screening — which will take place in London on Jan 25 — will see 450 dignitaries from around the world in attendance, including representatives of Pakistani and Indian high commissions, British officials as well as members of the UN and IIMSAM (Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro-algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition).

According to reports, the screening will also be attended by Malala and her parents, Ziauddin Yousafzai and Toor Pekai.

Speaking to Mumbai Mirror about getting the UN on board, film director Amjad Khan said: “I had to really push a lot as is usually the case. I even managed to get them to agree to us using the UN and IIMSAM logos in the mm which is a privilege. This is the first time they have organised an event like this.”

Mr Khan revealed that the film would see an early release this year. “We are looking at an April date, after the exams,” he said.

Reportedly another screening of the film will be hosted mid-February at the UN headquarters in New York.

Gul Makai features Reem Shaikh as Malala with a prominent role by the late Om Puri. The biopic will chronicle Malala’s journey in Swat Valley to being the youngest Noble Peace Prize winner who stood up against terrorism.

Published in Dawn, January 11th, 2019