On Her Shoulders
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On Her Shoulders
ON HER SHOULDERS premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where Bombach won the U.S. Documentary Directing Award, and went on to play at the South by Southwest Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, and the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.
“Less a portrait of accidental activist Nadia Murad than a sensitive witnessing of the way she has endured life in the public eye, Alexandria Bombach's ON HER SHOULDERS is passionately attentive to the plight of the Yazidis while making broader observations about the call to public service.” – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
“What makes Alexandria Bombach’s ON HER SHOULDERS so powerful — besides the profound dignity of its subject, Yazidi massacre survivor Nadia Murad — is the way she reveals Murad’s distress at having to take on the role of activist… By exposing the ways public institutions and the media demand an explicit performance of suffering by human-rights spokespeople, Bombach shows that Murad’s nightmare will never end. It’s this understanding, so rarely addressed or even noticed in most portraits of refugees, that makes Bombach’s film essential viewing.” – Jay Weissberg, Variety
“Make no mistake, ON HER SHOULDERS offers a profound testament to Murad’s suffering, courage and unfathomable tenacity, but this deceptively standard-issue portrait also recognizes that compassion has never been so competitive, or in such short supply.” – David Ehrlich, Indiewire
Four years ago, Nadia Murad Basee Taha was a teenager living in a Yazidi farm community in the Sinjar district of Iraq when ISIL took over the town, murdered 600 people, and captured the women and girls as sex slaves. She escaped three months later and has spent most of the time since speaking out ...