On Her Shoulders

This event took place Jan 4 - Jan 10, 2019

$12 General Admission
$9 Student/Senior
$7 Member

Alexandria Bombach
1h 35m


Co-presented with Seattle Documentary Association (SeaDoc). On Her Shoulders—a MUST SEE film for all doc filmmakers— is haunting and heavy. It requires immediate processing of what was just witnessed. On January 6th, SeaDoc will facilitate a unique and intimate post-screening conversation. Please join us! This is one you don’t want to miss. (Drink specials will be announced!)


Nadia Murad, who survived the Yazidi genocide in Iraq and sexual enslavement by ISIL, is in the process of making history. She recently received the Nobel Peace Prize for her work advocating for those who have been systemically raped by armed forces. On Her Shoulders follows Murad through numerous media engagements and political scenarios, alternating between boots-on-the-ground vérité and direct-to-camera interviews about Murad’s fight for justice and her campaign to raise awareness about what has been happening to her community.

News flash: On Her Shoulders has made the Documentary Feature category shortlist for the 91st Academy Awards®! Official nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.




“[Alexandria Bombach] captures images that are both subtle and formidable. Her film is, first and foremost, a profile of Murad and her mission. Yet it’s also a comment on the media and on government aid.” – Ken Jaworowski, The New York Times

What makes Alexandria Bombach’s On Her Shoulders so powerful — besides the profound dignity of its subject, Yazidi massacre survivor Nadia Murad — is the way she reveals Murad’s distress at having to take on the role of activist… It’s this understanding, so rarely addressed or even noticed in most portraits of refugees, that makes Bombach’s film essential viewing.” – Jay Weissberg, Variety

“,,, Bombach doesn’t settle for simple biography, instead weaving through the film a deft, sobering commentary about the limitations of political action and the tendency of mass media to unintentionally rob advocates of their voices.” – Tim Grierson, Screen International

“The activist’s life in the West has largely been seen through a particularly voyeuristic side of the press and On Her Shoulders gives her a platform to tell us who and what is really important – we need to listen.” – Musanna Ahmed, Film Inquiry

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