On Her Shoulders

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On Her Shoulders traces one woman's incredible journey to offer an inside look at modern political advocacy - and a challenge to viewers yearning to effect their own change.



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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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Nadia is shown always surrounded by crowds, almost crushed by them. But her utter loneliness is heartbreaking.

Jan 24, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

"On Her Shoulders" is a moving, sensitive portrayal of a woman - and a people's - perseverance.

Oct 31, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Its subject compels throughout.

Oct 31, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Like its subject's life, Alexandria Bombach's On Her Shoulders is a sometimes wearying blur of formal meetings, press appearances and glad-handing encounters with well-meaning officials.

Oct 24, 2018 | Full Review…

On Her Shoulders is an intimate, empathetic documentary, made with discretion and power.

Oct 23, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

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

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