Of 21st Century Fox's combined 103 nominations for the 68th Emmy Awards, five belong to He Named Me Malala, the powerful documentary from Fox Searchlight and National Geographic chronicling the life of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai. In February, the National Geographic Channel aired the global broadcast premiere of the film commercial-free and ran a social media campaign with 21CF to raise funds for Malala's work to ensure young women and girls have access to quality secondary education. 21CF and its employees donated more than $125,000 to Malala Fund to provide education for Syrian refugee girls living in Jordan and Lebanon.
He Named Me Malala's five Emmy nominations include:
Outstanding Production Design for a Variety, Nonfiction, Event or Award Special: Alexander Fuller, Production Designer; Lori West, Art Director
Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program: Erich Roland, Director of Photography
Outstanding Directing for a Nonfiction Program: Davis Guggenheim
Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program: Greg Finton, ACE, Editor; Brian Johnson, Editor; Brad Fuller, Editor
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction Program (Single or Multi-Camera): Skip Lievsay, Supervising Sound Editor; PK Hooker, Sound Editor; Susan Dubek, Dialogue Editor; Bill Bernstein, Music Editor
"This incredible and critically acclaimed film left movie audiences applauding this young woman's journey and left them wanting to make a difference," said Courteney Monroe, CEO, National Geographic Global Networks. "We are extremely proud and honored to have dedicated National Geographic's collective resources to bring awareness of Malala's advocacy for girls' education to our global audience."
21CF's fundraising efforts around the film, which included an employee donation matching campaign, have helped empower young women in war torn regions by supporting Malala Fund's educational partnerships across the Middle East. The Kayany Foundation in Lebanon completed construction of a school in May to serve 200 Syrian refugee girls ages 14-20. The Middle East Children's Institute in Jordan will expand its Girls Clubs programs to an additional 100 girls ages 13-17. Malala Fund partnered with The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on their Walking to School Initiative, where adults in the Azraq refugee camp accompany girls to school, and Malala Fund and Save the Children partnered to establish computer labs and IT literacy courses for 150 girls ages 13-24 living in the Za'atari Refugee Camp in Jordan.