On Her Shoulders


Alexandria Bombach, USA, 2018, 94’

It would have been so easy for Nadia Murad, a survivor of the Yazidi genocide, to walk away from her painful past, towards a new life and healing. She was raped, and had to watch her compatriots being shot; lucky to escape she spent a year in a refugee camp before finally arriving in Germany. With help the images may have dimmed, a supportive host country may have provided the comfort that recovery requires but Nadia chose a different path, she chose to confront the demons and tell her story, again and again and again. She spoke to anyone who would listen: presidents and parliaments, human rights organisations and the United Nations. It seemed that the secondary trauma, the telling, would break her but still she continued, convinced that as long as Yazidi people were suffering she could not be free.

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Alexandria Bombach is an award-winning cinematographer, editor, and director from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her feature-length documentary Frame by Frame had its world premiere at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival and went on to win more than 25 film festival awards. The film follows four Afghan photojournalists facing the realities of building Afghanistan’s first free press. She continued to work in Afghanistan in 2016 directing the New York Times Op-Doc, Afghanistan by Choice.









Director: Alexandria Bombach

Producer: Hayley Pappas, Brock Williams

Camera: Alexandria Bombach

Editor: Alexandria Bombach

Music: Patrick Jonsson

Website: http://www.onhershouldersfilm.com


Friday 20th July, 8.00pm, The RoadHouse Cinema


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