Directed by Alexandria Bombach (USA, 2018, 94 min.). Digital. English and Arabic with English subtitles.
At only 23-years-old, Nadia Murad’s life is a dizzying array of important undertakings—giving testimony before the UN Security Council, visiting refugee camps, soul-baring media interviews, emotionally draining speeches, and an endless succession of one-on-one meetings with top government officials. It all takes an enormous toll, but Nadia has already endured unspeakable hardships: born in a village in Northern Iraq, she survived the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis and escaped sexual slavery at the hands of ISIS to become a relentless beacon of hope for her people. With a formal precision and elegance that matches Nadia’s demeanor, filmmaker Alexandria Bombach follows this strong-willed young woman, who once dreamed of opening a beauty salon in her village, as she fights to bring ISIS to justice and save her people from extinction. On Her Shoulders was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where Alexandria Bombach won the award for Best Documentary Director.
Co-presented with the MIRA Coalition, the largest coalition in New England promoting the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees.