Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

On Her Shoulders

Year: 2018
Country: United States
Language: English, Kurmanji, Arabic
Run Time: 94 minutes

On Her Shoulders
On Her Shoulders
On Her Shoulders
On Her Shoulders

Nadia Murad has endured unspeakable horrors in her young life. At 21, the Yazidi student was kidnapped and enslaved by ISIS members, who raped and abused her for months before she was able to escape. She then lived in a squalid refugee camp. The gripping documentary ON HER SHOULDERS details Murad’s transformation into a powerful activist dedicating her life to raising awareness about Yazidi genocide and oppression, in hopes of getting justice for the violence inflicted against them. As Murad tells her harrowing story over and over again, both to journalists and lawmakers, she struggles to reconcile everything she’s lost with her new life as an advocate. Her quiet strength and emotional bravery are deeply moving, as is the selfless way she shares her trauma in hopes of saving others. “The world only has one border—the border of humanity,” Murad says while speaking in front of the U.N. General Assembly. In the end, compelling words such as these—and her indomitable presence—carries ON HER SHOULDERS. (In English, Kurmanji, and Arabic with subtitles) —A.Z.

CIFF42 Screenings

Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 11:45 AM

Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 7:05 PM

Race Relations
Voices of the Arab World
Women of the World

Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition


Alexandria Bombach

Alexandria Bombach is an award-winning cinematographer, editor, and director from Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 2012 she directed and produced the Emmy-Award winning series Moveshake. Since founding her production company Red Reel in 2009, Bombach has spent the last few years living on the road creating documentary projects. Her film “Frame By Frame,” co-directed with Mo Scarpelli, won the ReelWomenDirectAward at CIFF39. ON HER SHOULDERS won the Documentary Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

Frame by Frame (2015)–CIFF39, ON HER SHOULDERS (2018)

Hayley Pappas, Brock Williams

Alexandria Bombach

Alexandria Bombach

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