On Her Shoulders (2018) - Rotten Tomatoes

On Her Shoulders (2018)



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On Her Shoulders is a moving study of the dizzying path of Nadia Murad, who after surviving the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis in Northern Iraq and escaping sexual slavery at the hands of ISIS, gave a testimony before the U.N. Security Council that made her the face of the Yazidis - a historically persecuted and voiceless religious minority. This once ordinary girl was suddenly thrust into the alien world of international advocacy, repeatedly telling her harrowing story in the hope of saving her people from extinction and bringing ISIS members to justice.


Critic Reviews for On Her Shoulders

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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…

A compelling look at the toll activism takes.

January 21, 2018 | Full Review…

On Her Shoulders is painfully aware of the toll Murad's work takes upon her, and director Bombach makes sure we are, too.

April 26, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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