Into Film Festival opening Q&A

Posted by Emma Watson on Wednesday, November 4, 2015

In this interview, Emma Watson and Malala Yousafzai talk about female education, inspiring change for girls around the world and how we can all embrace feminism.

There’s nothing more inspiring than watching two incredibly intelligent and motivated women sit down and have a meaningful conversation about how we can inspire change in the world. Yesterday actress Emma Watson sat down with author and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai to talk about Yousafzai’s animated film, He Named Me Malala.

The Pakistani teen, who survived being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012, is an activist for female education and hopes her new film will inspire others to take action. “I want this not to be just a movie, but a movement,” Yousafzai tells Watson in the interview. “It’s about the future of 66 million girls who can’t go to school.”

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Watson, who gave a moving speech about feminism and gender politics at a United Nations meeting in New York earlier this year, was visibly moved by Malala.  “You are my absolute hero,” she told the teen. Malala returned the love, crediting the Harry Potter star for helping her embrace the idea of being a feminist. 

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“Interestingly, this word feminism has been a very tricky word,” said Malala. “When I heard it the first time, I heard some negative responses and some positive ones, and I hesitated in saying, am I a feminist or not?” She added, “Then after hearing your speech … I decided that there’s nothing wrong with calling yourself a feminist.  So I am a feminist, and we all should be feminist, because feminism is another word for equality.”

Malala also credits her father for setting an example for all men, saying that he, too, calls himself a feminist. “If we want equal rights for women, men have to step forward … we all have to work together.”