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Participant Media and Malala Fund’s 'Students Stand #withMalala' Offering 20,000 Copies of ‘He Named Me Malala’ Free to Teachers Nationwide

LOS ANGELES (February 10, 2016)Students Stand #withMalala campaign, a collaboration between Participant Media and Malala Fund, announced today that it is making 20,000 DVDs of He Named Me Malala available for free to teachers across the U.S. to use in their classroom.* Teachers can visit www.studentsstandwithmalala.org to receive a free DVD.**
A companion discussion guide, curriculum, webinar, and student toolkit are also available at Malala.org/students to extend the conversation in the classroom on issues of inequity, access to education, and the power of raising one's voice to advocate for justice.
Released in 2015 to critical acclaim, He Named Me Malala is the 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 film was directed by Academy® Award-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth and Waiting for “Superman”), produced by Parkes/MacDonald and distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures in association with Image Nation Abu Dhabi, Participant Media and National Geographic Channel. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment released He Named Me Malala across all formats (Digital HD, VOD and DVD) December 15, 2015.
Students Stand #withMalala campaign launched in conjunction with the 2015 release of the film aimed at empowering millions of young people around the world to stand up for every girl’s right to 12 years of quality education and to take action on behalf of girls globally. To date, the yearlong advocacy campaign has enabled more than 175,000 students globally to see He Named Me Malala for free in theaters and at screening events and raise their voices for all girls’ right to a free, safe, and quality education.
The campaign has had significant impact for educators who screened the film and brought Malala’s story into their classrooms.
"My students live in an encapsulated high-crime, high-poverty area of a large city. Their daily life is home, school and home again. No extracurricular activities—they're not even able to play outside after school for safety and security issues…My students now understand the importance of standing up instead of remaining silent.” - Mrs. Mantel, Pickard Elementary School, DonorsChoose.org.
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*If you’re interested in screening the film for non-educational purposes, please email malalateam@participantmedia.com for information on licensing the film and arranging such a screening.  
**The DVD includes the screening license for educational purposes. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Offer valid while supplies last. Limit one (1) DVD per participating teacher. For more information, visit www.studentsstandwithmalala.org



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Founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll, Participant Media’s (www.participantmedia.com) content combines the power of a good story well told with opportunities for real world impact and awareness around the most pressing global issues of our time. As an industry content leader, Participant annually produces up to six narrative feature films, five documentary films, three episodic television series, and more than 30 hours of digital short form programming, through its digital subsidiary SoulPancake—all aimed at entertainment that inspires social awareness and engaging audiences to participate in positive social change. Participant’s content and social impact mandate speaks directly to the rise of today’s “conscious consumer,” representing over 2 billion consumers who are compelled to make impactful content a priority focus. Through its worldwide network of traditional and digital distribution, aligned with partnerships with key non-profit and NGO organizations, Participant is positioned uniquely within the industry to engage a rapidly growing audience while bringing global awareness and action to today’s most vital issues.

Participant’s more than 100 films, including Spotlight, Contagion, Lincoln, The Help, He Named Me Malala, The Look of Silence, CITIZENFOUR, Food, Inc. and An Inconvenient Truth, have collectively earned 73 Academy Award® nominations and 18 wins, including Best Picture for Green Book and Spotlight and Best Foreign Language Film for Roma and A Fantastic Woman. Participant’s digital entertainment division, SoulPancake (www.soulpancake.com), is an award-winning provider of thought-provoking, joyful, and uplifting digital content including such widely popular series as Kid President and The Science of Happiness and reaches an audience of nearly 9 million fans. Follow Participant Media on Twitter and on Facebook and Instagram. Follow SoulPancake on Twitter and on Facebook and Instagram.


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