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On Her Shoulders (2018)



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Twenty-three-year-old Nadia Murad's life is a dizzying array of exhausting undertakings-from giving testimony before the U.N. to visiting refugee camps to soul-bearing media interviews and one-on-one meetings with top government officials. With deep compassion and a formal precision and elegance that matches Nadia's calm and steely demeanor, filmmaker Alexandria Bombach follows this strong-willed young woman, who survived the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis in Northern Iraq and escaped the hands of ISIS to become a relentless beacon of hope for her people, even when at times she longs to lay aside this monumental burden and simply have an ordinary life.


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We see this movie to learn who the young Nobel Peace Prize winner is, but in the end, it is about her challenging us to learn who we are.

October 19, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Alexandria Bombach's direction and editing are exceptional; she captures images that are both subtle and formidable.

October 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Director Alexandria Bombach avoids the details of Murad's brutal captivity, showing instead the intense pressure and responsibility the 23-year-old feels as a spokesperson for her people.

March 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Festivals like Sundance offer many films about activism and politics and human rights, but Alexandria Bombach's documentary On Her Shoulders feels decidedly different.

January 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Being in the same room with Nadia says enough in the very powerful On Her Shoulders, even when she is alone with her thoughts.

January 23, 2018 | Full Review…

People like Nadia can't fix the world, but this vital documentary is proof that it's heroic enough just to be heard.

January 22, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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