Director: Alexandria Bombach
On August 3, 2014, ISIS committed genocide against Nadia Murad’s Yazidi community in Northern Iraq, killing the elderly and men and taking the women and children to use as sex slaves and child soldiers. Nadia is captured and suffers all kinds of atrocities, including rape, before being rescued. In her attempt to gain support from the world for her community, she unwittingly becomes her people’s champion.
In On Her Shoulders, Director Bombach depicts the best and worst of humanity, particularly as it relates to world politics and the media. Nadia has to constantly overcome personal inner turmoil to retell her story of captivity around the world. It’s a hard story to hear but needs to be heard.
The documentary will make it’s International Premiere at Hot Docs and you can get your tickets now:
TUESDAY, MAY 1 6:15 PM ISABEL BADER THEATRE
WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 10:00 AM TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX
SATURDAY, MAY 5 4:00 PM TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX
Alexandria Bombach is an award-winning cinematographer, editor, and director from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her first feature-length documentary, Frame by Frame, follows the lives of four Afghan photojournalists who are facing the realities of building Afghanistan’s first free press. The film had its world premiere at SXSW 2015 and went on to win more than 25 film festival awards and screened in front of the president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani. Alexandria continued her work in Afghanistan in 2016, directing the Pulitzer Center-supported New York Times Op-Doc, Afghanistan by Choice, an intertwining portrait of five Afghans who must weigh the costs of leaving or staying as the country’s security deteriorates. In addition to her feature documentary work, Alexandria’s production company RED REEL has been producing award-winning, character-driven stories since 2009. Her 2013 film Common Ground unearths the emotion behind a proposed wilderness-area addition for a community in Montana, as heritage and tradition are seemingly defended on both sides. Her Emmy award-winning 2012 series MoveShake captured the internal conflicts of people dedicating their lives to a cause.