Malala's first public speech following her recovery from being shot was given on her 16th birthday ~ July 12, 2013 ~ on a day dedicated to global education advocacy and named in her Honor at the United Nations.
The 2015 documentary "He Named Me Malala" used this famous line from Malala's speech as its tagline. Director David Guggenheim was interiewed about the decision by Michael O'Sullivan of the Washington Post on October 11, 2015. Michael's question ~ "On the movie poster, it has the quote 'One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.' That's a pretty notion, but I also feel a little cynical about whether it's true." David's answer ~ "It feels like a slogan. But there's a story behind it that never made it into the movie. When Malala was writing her July 2013 United Nations speech, I had just started filming at that point. Her father was saying 'You need to write your speech.' And she had homework; she was busy; she was a teenager; she was 15 at the time. Very late one day she just walked downstairs and showed him a piece of paper. And she wrote that. If a marketing firm had written that, yes. But when this is what a 15-year-old girl is saying at her first public speech after being shot by the Taliban, it has resonance."