On Her Shoulders

Alexandria Bombach 2018 USA Documentary color 94min DCP
★ 2018 Directing Award, Sundance Film Festival
★ 2018 SXSW Chicken & Egg Award, SXSW Film Festival

Nadia MURAD's life is a dizzying array of exhausting undertakings—from giving testimony before the U.N. to visiting refugee camps to soul-bearing media interviews and one-on-one meetings with top government officials. The film follows this strong-willed young woman, who survived the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis in Northern Iraq and escaped the hands of ISIS to become a relentless beacon of hope for her people, even when at times she longs to lay aside this monumental burden and simply have an ordinary life.


Alexandria Bombach

She is an award-winning cinematographer, editor and director from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has been leading a nomadic life since 2010.

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Alexandria Bombach

2018 On Her Shoulders
2016 Afghanistan by Choice
2015 Frame by Frame
2013 Common Ground
2013 Moveshake: Stories of Gregg Treinish and Alison Gannett
2012 Julio Solis: A MoveShake Story
2012 Shannon Galpin: A MoveShake Story

Director, Cinematographer & Editor: Alexandria Bombach
Producer: Hayley Pappa, Brock William
Executive Producer: Bryn Moose, Matt Ippolito, Adam Bardach, Marie Therese Guirgi & Alison Klayman
Co-producer: Elizabeth Schaeffer Brown
Composer: Patrick Jonsson

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