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After surviving the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis in Northern Iraq and escaping sexual slavery at the hands of ISIS, 23-year- old Nadia 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. This once ordinary girl was suddenly thrust into the alien world of international advocacy, repeatedly telling her harrowing story in the hope of saving her people from extinction and bring...ing ISIS members to justice. Filmed at the peak of her advocacy campaign, ON HER SHOULDERS is a moving study of the dizzying path Nadia’s life takes — from the refugee camps of Greece to soul-bearing media interviews, emotionally draining speeches, and an endless succession of one-on- one meetings with top government officials — exposing the enormous toll the work takes on her. Away from the podium, there are glimpses of Nadia as she once was — a strong-willed young woman who once dreamed of opening a beauty salon in her village. With deep compassion and a formal precision and elegance that matches Nadia’s calm and steely demeanor, filmmaker Alexandria Bombach brings us inside a destabilizing journey fraught with personal pain and profound ethical urgency.

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After surviving the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis in Northern Iraq and escaping sexual slavery at the hands of ISIS, 23-year- old Nadia 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. This once ordinary girl was suddenly thrust into the alien world of international advocacy, repeatedly telling her harrowing story in the hope of saving her people from extinction and bring...ing ISIS members to justice. Filmed at the peak of her advocacy campaign, ON HER SHOULDERS is a moving study of the dizzying path Nadia’s life takes — from the refugee camps of Greece to soul-bearing media interviews, emotionally draining speeches, and an endless succession of one-on- one meetings with top government officials — exposing the enormous toll the work takes on her. Away from the podium, there are glimpses of Nadia as she once was — a strong-willed young woman who once dreamed of opening a beauty salon in her village. With deep compassion and a formal precision and elegance that matches Nadia’s calm and steely demeanor, filmmaker Alexandria Bombach brings us inside a destabilizing journey fraught with personal pain and profound ethical urgency.

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