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Happy Friday! As I sit here typing this post this morning, my daughters are sitting in their homerooms at their respective schools ready to learn.  I’m betting they are feeling a sense of privilege to be doing something so ordinary after watching He named me Malala last night. As their Mom, I felt honored to have the ability to share this special pre-screening movie with them, all because I work in this great digital industry in this great country, where women and girls and their educations have value.

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for 20th Century Fox. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

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Global Broadcast of He Named Me Malala Monday, February 29th, 8 pm EST/7 pm CST on National Geographic Channel.

About the Movie:

HE NAMED ME MALALA is 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. The then 15-year-old 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.

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman) shows us how Malala, her father Zia and her family are committed to fighting for education for all girls worldwide. 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.”

My Thoughts:

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Watching this movie with my teen daughters was an amazing opportunity! I was moved by Malala’s love of learning, her sweet and funny interactions with her brothers, her adoration for her father and her respect for her mother. But what moved me most, was how my daughters reacted to this powerful movie.  Upon learning that today over 60 million girls are out of school globally, we all shook our heads and asked how can that be? How can this type of discrimination be allowed to continue?

It was not okay for one girl from Pakistan, so she raised her voice for herself, for the girls in her village and now- for all girls around the world. 

Malala said at one point in the movie that if she had not been shot by the Taliban, she would probably have 3 children and a husband by now. She is 17 years old! I cannot fathom this! My oldest daughter will turn 17 next month and she is thinking of exams and spring break with friends and in the near future; college. She certainly isn’t thinking about being a wife and a Mom.

He named me Malala takes us on a journey of a family living peacefully in a small, beautiful village in Pakistan. We learned about peace and faith and hope from Malala and then, we saw ugliness and oppression of not just women and girls, but those who stood up for them.

The documentary offers a look into the life of Malala Yousafzai both before and after the attack. She was just 15 when she, along with her father was singled out for advocating girls’ education. The shooting sparked an outcry from supporters around the world.

Here is a special movie clip of Malala with her father for you to enjoy:

My daughters and are were moved to action and have joined our voices in support of the Malala fund and the NGC and 21st Century Fox social initiative to raise awareness for girls’ education. We Stand #withMalala! 

Want to learn more about the movie before watching it? Please visit the movie website here.

Get involved:

Leading up to the television debut, Facebook fans can show their support by changing their profile picture using a custom animation found on their Facebook page. On Twitter, users can contribute by tweeting with hashtag #withMalala and be sure to follow the Malala fund! For ever profile picture change and each tweet sent with that hashtag, 21st Century Fox will donate $1 to the Malala fund, for a total of up to $50,000.

Free Education Resources Available:

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There is a robust education program on National Geographic’s website for the film that includes free education resources, discussion guides, a service learning toolkit, books for change, a map maker interactive and more here

If you believe in education, in girl power, in hope for the future- please join us and stand #withMalala! 

Please share in comments: What was the last movie or TV show you watched that moved you to take action?

I am really happy to work with our sponsor, Role Mommy Writers Network, today to share this information with you! I was sent an advanced copy of The Dovekeepers DVD and book and will receive compensation for my time. All opinions are my own. 

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As a busy wife and Mom, happily living with every convenience I need in the 21st century; it was a challenge to think in terms of being a Jewish woman in ancient Israel.  Harder still, to think about being forced out of your homes and banished

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I started reading Alice Hoffman’s book, The Dovekeepers first; and within minutes I was drawn into the story-line! I could feel the heat of the summer sun beating down in the arid desert in 70 A.D.  I could feel the Assassin’s Daughter’s dry, sunburned skin, I could almost feel her thirst and hunger for a real home as she and her now nomadic family walked on. 

Once I started watching The Dovekeepers advanced DVD copy I was sent, I was equally drawn into the story and the characters came to life in rich detail.  There’s love and betrayal, hope and war and perseverance all intermixed in an exciting and moving story. You’ll not want to miss this must watch TV event

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About The Dovekeepers – Limited event series:

Based on Alice Hoffman’s Bestselling Historical Novel about a Group of Extraordinary Women Whose Lives Intersect in a Fight for Survival at the Siege of Masada in 70 C.E.

"Set in ancient Israel, The Dovekeepers is based on the true events at Masada in 70 C.E. After being forced out of their home in Jerusalem by the Romans, 900 Jews were ensconced in a fortress at Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. Besieged at Masada, the Jews held out for months against the vast Roman armies. The project will recount the events from the perspective of a few extraordinary women who arrive at Masada with unique back-stories, but a common bond for survival. Additionally, these women, who work together daily as Dovekeepers, are all concealing substantial secrets."

When to watch:
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CBS presents:  The Dovekeepers, a four-hour limited event series from executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, will be broadcast Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1, 2015 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). 

The Dovekeepers back story:

The Dovekeepers will be brought to television from executive producers Roma Downey and multiple Emmy Award winner Mark Burnett (SURVIVOR, “The Voice”), the production team behind the Emmy-nominated 10-hour miniseries “The Bible,” which scored big ratings for the History Channel in March 2013, and the feature “Son of God.”

Frank Siracusa, John Weber and Yves Simoneau also serve as executive producers, with Simoneau directing. Ann Peacock adapted the novel for the screen.

The Dovekeepers is the first project from CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Studios’ Limited Series and Event Programming unit. It is a co-production between CBS Television Studios and LightWorkers Media, a division of United Artists Media Group.


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The Dovekeepers stars Cote de Pablo, Rachel Brosnahan and Kathryn Prescott in the title Dovekeepers roles, Sam Neill as first-century Jewish scholar and historian Josephus, and Diego Boneta as a star warrior of the Jewish army at Masada. 

Sneak Peak! 

Check out this video to see the cast in action. 

About The Dovekeepers Book by Alice Hoffman:

Hoffman’s novel was published in 2011 by Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, earning the New York Times’ bestseller status and widespread critical acclaim, including being hailed by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison as “a major contribution to 21st century literature.”

My Thoughts:

I thoroughly enjoyed not only reading Alice Hoffman’s beautifully written story, The Dovekeepers; I equally enjoyed watching her story be brought to life in the two night DVD series!


I invite you to learn more about the writer, the story, the set and the cast of this amazing event by following along on social media.  FacebookTwitterPinterest, Instagram

Please share in comments: Do you enjoy made for TV series? Do you watch them live or DVR for later viewing?

I'm feeling a little #Fargo

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Seeing April 15th on your planner makes a lot of people stressed because they are still scrambling to get their taxes filed and so there is a trickle down stress effect- from CPA's to postal workers the heat is on.

So why not chill out tonight with FX's newest show Fargo?

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At first I didn't think we'd watch it, but I've got to say- the commercials have been just quirky enough to intrigue me, so I'll DVR-ing to watch this weekend.

About Fargo: 

"Fargo features an all-new “true crime” story and follows a new case and new characters, all entrenched in the trademark humor, murder and “Minnesota nice” that made the film an enduring classic. Oscar® winner Billy Bob Thornton stars as Lorne Malvo, a rootless, manipulative man who meets and forever changes the life of small town insurance salesman Lester Nygaard, played by BAFTA Award® winner and Emmy®-nominated Martin Freeman.
Colin Hanks plays Duluth Police Deputy Gus Grimly, a single dad who must choose between his own personal safety and his duty as a policeman when he comes face-to-face with a killer.  Allison Tolman also stars as Molly Solverson, an ambitious Bemidji deputy."

Speaking of quirky- #Fargo is bringin’ some Midwestern warmth to NYC. Watch for the sweater-wearin’ bus! 

Fargo premieres 4/15 at 10p on FX . To learn more visit FX and follow Fargo on Facebook.

I'll be sharing my thoughts on #Fargo in the near future.  Please share in comments:
Are you planning on watching Fargo? Do you live in Fargo?