Title - 'He Named Me Malala' [OST]
Artist - Thomas Newman
'He Named Me Malala' is a look at the events leading up to the Talibans' attack on the young Pakistani school girl, Malala Yousafzai, for speaking out on girls' education and the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations.
Indeed, 'He Named Me Malala' is such an 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, that Thomas Newman's incredible, precise, endearing, enduring soundtrack score is like a second major character in this devoted film telling
The then 15-year-old (she turned 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.
Whereas the film gives us an inside glimpse into this extraordinary young girl's 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 parents and brothers, Newman's 26 track soundtrack score - a man who is one of the more respected and recognized composers for modern film - is truly yet another excellent work of sweeping musical art.
But, than again, with Newman having been nominated for twelve Academy Awards and three Golden Globes, and having won two BAFTAs, six Grammys and an Emmy Award (let alone having been honored with the Richard Kirk award at the 2000 BMI Film and TV Awards), what else would you honestly expect from the musical genius behind such soundtracks as 'Revenge of the Nerds,' 'The Player,' 'Scent of a Woman,' and both 'Erin Brockovich' and 'Saving Mr. Banks.'