On Her Shoulders

94 mins


As a girl growing up in a Yazidi village in Iraq, Nadia Murad worked the fields, studied and dreamed of one day opening a salon. But when ISIS mounted a brutal massacre on the Yazidis, the path of her life changed forever. Murad lost 18 family members in the genocide, became a sex slave and watched as ISIS destroyed her community. She survived, and fate brought another surprise; she became the face and the voice of her people, a hero to the Yazidis and poster child to the world. This remarkable film follows Murad as she travels the globe — from the stage of the UN to the chambers of politicians and set of television journalists — recounting her story again and again in an attempt to bring attention and aid to the Yazidi’s desperate plight. For this young woman, whose dignity is profound, the burden is enormous, but the costs of doing nothing are even larger.

Production Team

Alexandria Bombach

Festival Screenings

Featured in the 2018 Mountainfilm Festival.

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