Oxford University graduate Malala Yousafzai is ready to step into Hollywood as she launches her drama and film production house, ‘Extracurricular’.
Malala Yousafzai is among the creative leaders honored for Variety’s 2022 Power of Women presented by Lifetime.
Malala has partnered with Apple TV+ and her first production is a feature film adaptation of Elaine Hsieh Chou’s book Disorientation. The second project is based on Asha Lemmie’s novel Fifty Words for Rain, about a woman’s search for acceptance in post-World War II Japan.
Malala, while speaking to Variety, said she doesn’t want to limit activism to just NGO work.
She said: “I’ve been doing activism for over a decade now, and I’ve realized that we shouldn’t limit activism to just NGO work. There is also the element of changing people’s minds and perspectives. “You’re often told in Hollywood that if a show about a person of color is done, then that’s it, you don’t need to do another one. That needs to change. The global activist said, ” I’ve watched Succession, Ted Lasso, and Severance, where the protagonists are white people, including white men. I believe audiences should be able to watch shows made by people of color and produced and directed by people of color, with people of color in mind.
She said, “It’s possible and I’ll make it happen.”