On Her Shoulders

Winner—Scotiabank Docs For Schools Student Choice Award


Isabel Bader Theatre Tue, May 1, 2018 6:15 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 3 Wed, May 2, 2018 10:00 AM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2 Sat, May 5, 2018 4:00 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Activism
Feminism & Breaking Barriers
Her Story
Immigration, Multiculturalism & Refugees
War, Conflict & the Military
Middle East
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Alexandria Bombach
Producer(s):Hayley Pappas
Brock Williams
Executive Producer(s):Bryn Mooser
Alison Klayman
Adam Bardach
Marie Therese Guirgis
Matt Ippolitto
Editor(s):Alexandria Bombach
Cinematography:Alexandria Bombach
Composer:Patrick Jonsson
Sound:Lawrence Everson


Having seen and experienced the atrocities committed against the Yazidi community in Iraq, Nadia Murad becomes the reluctant but powerful voice of her people in a crusade to get the world to finally pay attention to the genocide taking place. The 23-year-old survived repeated sexual assaults and bore witness to the ruthless murders of her loved ones. Now, her bravery to speak openly is put to the test daily as reporters, politicians and activists push for her to recount her past. As difficult as it is for her to continually revisit her trauma, she powers forward, fighting for justice and the greater good of all those who are suffering in her community. Nadia's testimonials and speeches command attention and action, showcasing the incredible courage it takes to come forward and speak up in the most difficult of circumstances. Gabor Pertic

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Additional Information

NOW - 4 Stars, "An empathetic, uncomfortable study."

NOW - "Ten must-see Hot Docs films focusing on women's stories"

Mr Will Wong - #HOTDOCS: 2018 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival Preview."

In the Seats - 4.5 Stars