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Documentary Feature Competition
On Her Shoulders
USA, 2018, 94 min., Color, English

At only twenty-three years old, Nadia Murad’s life is a dizzying array of important undertakings—from giving testimony before the U.N. Security Council to visiting refugee camps to soul-bearing media interviews, emotionally draining speeches, and an endless succession of one-on-one meetings with top government officials. Though it all takes an enormous toll, this once ordinary girl has survived the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis in Northern Iraq and escaped sexual slavery at the hands of ISIS to become a relentless beacon of hope for her people. 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 once dreamed of opening a beauty salon in her village, as she fights to bring ISIS to justice and save her people from extinction.

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Director
Alexandria Bombach
Cast
Nadia Murad

Director Bio
Alexandria Bombach is an award-winning cinematographer, editor, and director from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her feature-length documentary Frame by Frame had its world premiere at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival and went on to win more than 25 film festival awards. The film follows four Afghan photojournalists facing the realities of building Afghanistan's first free press. She continued her work in Afghanistan in 2016 directing the New York Times Op-Doc, Afghanistan by Choice.
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