Special Screeening of On Her Shoulders with Peace Prize Laureate Nadia Murad
See the documentary On Her Shoulders about Nadia Murad December 9th at 15:00 at Vega Scene in Oslo. After the screening there will be a Q&A with director Alexandria Bombach moderated by Liv Tørres. The film will be screened with English subtitles.
Join us for the screening of On Her Shoulders – the documentary about the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad, and her work to free the several thousands of yesidies kept as prisoners by the terror organisation IS in Iraq.
After the screening we will have a conversation with the director. Directly after there is a free concert for the audience, Nobels fredsfest, where Murad herself will be present, at Borggården outside City Hall.
The screening is a collaboration between The Nobel Peace Center, HUMAN International Documentary Film Festival, BIFF-Bergen International Film Festival, and VEGA Scene, and part of Oslo Peace Days.
On Her Shoulders
Nadia Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi, survived genocide and sexual slavery committed by ISIS. Repeating her story to the world, this ordinary girl finds herself thrust onto the international stage as the voice of her people. Director Alexandria Bombach’s On Her Shoulders offers a testament to Murad’s suffering, courage and unfathomable tenacity, but this portrait also recognizes that compassion has never been in short supply.
On Her Shoulders will be screened at VEGA Scene, Sunday December 9th, at 3pm. Tickets are now on sale.
In On Her Shoulders we follow Murad as she, with her own psychological and emotional well-being at risk, takes on the task of informing the world about the suffering she herself went through, and that still is taking place among the extremely vulnerable Yesidi population of Iraq. Murad manages to get remarkable attention to her message- but at what cost?
Director Alexandria Bombach uses orginial sound design, stunning photography and smart editing to expose the media hunt for the most graphic details, which makes On Her Shoulder a reflection over more than exclusively the Yesidi tragedy. Bombach has made a disturbing documentary about extreme human courage and will, and about the personal sacrifices of an activist.
Nadia Murad, a brave and unique voice
Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege are awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.
The Norwegian Nobel Committe states that “both laureates have made a crucial contribution to focusing attention on, and combating, such war crimes. Denis Mukwege is the helper who has devoted his life to defending these victims. Nadia Murad is the witness who tells of the abuses perpetrated against herself and others. Each of them in their own way has helped to give greater visibility to war-time sexual violence, so that the perpetrators can be held accountable for their actions.”
In 2016 Nadia Murad, only 23 years old, appointed as the first UN «Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking», after she chose to tell the world about the abuse she survived, and gave thus a voice to thousands of victims.
As the Nobel Committee states: “Nadia Murad is herself a victim of war crimes. She refused to accept the social codes that require women to remain silent and ashamed of the abuses to which they have been subjected. She has shown uncommon courage in recounting her own sufferings and speaking up on behalf of other victims.”
We are very proud of the screening, in cooperation with the Nobel Peace Center, Bergen International Film Festival and Vega Scene, of On Her Shoulders on December 9th, and to get the unique opportunity to her Murad speak after the screening.