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Nadia Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi, survived genocide and sexual slavery committed by ISIS. Repeating her story to the world, this ordinary girl finds herself thrust onto the international stage as the voice of her people.


  • Nadia Murad
  • Murad Ismael
  • Simone Monasebian
  • Michelle Rempel
  • Borys Wrzesnewskyj
  • Ahmed Khudida Burjus
  • Amal Clooney
  • Luis Moreno Ocampo
  • Barack Obama
  • Ki-moon Ban

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Nov 2, 2018

The result is that rare documentary that works equally effectively on the head and the heart, only making Murad’s heroism more remarkable in the process.

Tim Grierson
Screen Daily
Oct 18, 2018

Less a portrait of accidental activist Nadia Murad than a sensitive witnessing of the way she has endured life in the public eye, Alexandria Bombach's On Her Shoulders is passionately attentive to the plight of the Yazidis while making broader observations about the call to public service.

Metacritic review by John DeFore
John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter
Oct 18, 2018

Bombach’s respectful distance from her subject allows the audience to see in a way that one does watching a Robert Bresson film; in the slowly unfolding narrative, stripped of drama but not of emotion, Nadia’s spirit emerges.

Maria Garcia
Film Journal International