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On Her Shoulders

Benefit for the 30th One World Film Festival in partnership with the Nobel Women’s Initiative.

In 2018, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded its highest honour to two individuals who have spent their lives fighting to end sexual violence as an act of war. One of these recipients was Sinjar refugee Nadia Murad, and the focus of On Her Shoulders is on her preparations to plead for her people to the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Poster for the documentary On Her Shoulders, profiling Nadia MuradAt 24 years old, Murad is a survivor. A member of the Yazidi faith – a pre-Islam religion whose practitioners are frequently the subject of religious violence – Murad was uprooted from her northern Iraq village when ISIS forces invaded and murdered most of her family. From there, Murad was enslaved and subjected to repeated sexual assaults before escaping; in her life as a refugee, she found her voice as an activist who worked tirelessly to raise public awareness for the plight of the Yazidi people.

On Her Shoulders offers insights into the politics of international refugees, but keeps its focus on a woman of humble origins who willingly takes on the pain of millions. Murad may prefer not to see herself as a hero, but a hero is exactly what she has become.

– Matthew Monagle, Austin Chronicle

Admission $12; Members of One World Arts $10. Sorry, no discount for ByTowne Members.

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