On Her Shoulders 2:15 pm – Saturday, Theater 8
Directed By: Alexandria Bombach
Run Time: 94 Minutes
Producer Brock Williams in attendance
Alexandria Bombach’s “On Her Shoulders,” won the documentary directing award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The film focuses on Nadia Murad, who survived the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis in Northern Iraq and escaped sexual slavery at the hands of ISIS. At the age of 23, Murad gave a testimony before the U.N. Security Council that made her the face of the Yazidis — a historically persecuted and voiceless religious minority — with the result that a once-ordinary woman was suddenly thrust into the alien world of international advocacy, repeatedly telling her harrowing story in the hope of saving her people from extinction. The film was shot at the peak of her advocacy campaign, and includes footage from refugee camps of Greece, media interviews, emotionally draining speeches, and an endless succession of one-on-one meetings with top government officials.