On Her Shoulders Reviews

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March 11, 2020
Director Alexandria Bombach (Frame by Frame) shot this documentary portrait of human rights activist Nadia Murad not long before her subject received the Nobel Peace Prize, and the movie argues persuasively that the prize was well deserved.
May 29, 2019
Bombach's film, and Nadia's willingness to participate in it, reminds us that what happens a world away is happening to us, to all of us as humankind.
March 25, 2019
The film takes an intimate approach to its subject, who occasionally speaks directly to the camera. These moments can be revelatory.
March 2, 2019
s a filmmaker, [Alexandria] Bombach (Frame by Frame) treats her with respect, but stops short of full-fledged worship.
February 26, 2019
A good documentary about Nadia Murad.
February 6, 2019
As a huge supporters of not just women's rights, but "human rights, On Her Shoulders is a film that will strike a chord for everyone and encourage one to take action and no longer sit on the sidelines.
January 28, 2019
Showing [Nadia] engaged in wearying rounds of speeches and meetings in 2016, it could have told us more about the Yazidi people, but is memorable as a portrait of a burdened young soul.
January 25, 2019
Bombach illuminates the ongoing anguish of the exiled Yazidis and the toll taken on their primary spokesperson. Shortlisted for the 2019 Best Documentary Feature Oscar, this powerful film deserves a wide audience.
January 25, 2019
An engrossing and startling documentary on Yazidi advocate Nadia Murad.
January 25, 2019
Be ready for tears, on screen and your own.
January 24, 2019
On Her Shoulders is a compassionate, level-headed portrait of a remarkable woman. What it lacks in filmmaking fireworks, it makes up for in the sheer magnetism and moxie of its hero.
January 24, 2019
Nadia is shown always surrounded by crowds, almost crushed by them. But her utter loneliness is heartbreaking.
January 23, 2019
It asks questions of the audience that will leave you uncomfortable - but are an effective way of reframing the conversation on this subject, without proving detrimental to the sheer importance of Nadia's cause.
January 22, 2019
Bombach clearly wants to shed light on the subject but takes it one step further by asking the audience to consider the morality of putting those seeking asylum through their paces.
December 22, 2018
Hopeful as On Her Shoulders ultimately feels, it's hard not to let what's happening now dampen it.
November 18, 2018
The terrifying story of the strong-willed Nadia Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi genocide and ISIS sexual slavery survivor.
November 16, 2018
The activist's life in the West has largely been seen through a particularly voyeuristic side of the press and On Her Shoulders gives her a platform to tell us who and what is really important - we need to listen.
November 16, 2018
... as a story about a person who happens to have found herself living as a politician, it's a powerful piece of work.
November 2, 2018
This is the rare, uncanny film that genuinely puts you in the shoes of its subject.
November 1, 2018
It would almost be absurd if it weren't so deadly serious.
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