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On Her Shoulders

100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes
2018 Sundance Film Festival – Winner: Directing Award, U.S. Documentary

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.

Nadia has 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.

"The film catches Murad's delicate balancing act of speaking for the dead while trying to live her own life."

Sean P. Means, Salt Lake Tribune

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

Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com

"Interviews woven throughout the film give Murad the opportunity to speak freely about the ongoing plight of Yazidi refugees, the questions she wishes journalists would ask her, and the questions she'd like them to stop asking."

Leah Pickett, Chicago Reader

Movie Info

Directed by Alexandria Bombach
94 minutes

CINEMA ADMISSION:

REGULAR ADMISSION: $11
REAL ART WAYS MEMBERS: $6
SENIOR & STUDENT MEMBERS: $5.50
SENIORS (65+): $8
FULL-TIME STUDENTS (WITH ID): $8

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