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Source:  Film Journal

Nadia Murad Basee Taha was a 21-year-old student in Kocho, in the Sinjar province of Iraq, on August 3, 2014 when ISIS terrorists attacked the Yazidi town. They killed hundreds of people in a matter of hours. Eighteen members of Nadia’s family were slaughtered, including her mother and six brothers.

For three months, Nadia was raped by soldiers and sold into sexual slavery.

In Alexandria Bombach’s excellent documentary, “On Her Shoulders, she is seen testifying at the United Nations, visiting refugee camps, and speaking to a small Yazidi community in Nebraska.

The young woman, who everyone addresses by her first name, also speaks directly to the camera—in one particularly moving segment about the questions she wishes she would be asked by journalists.

“On Her Shoulders” was the opening-night film at Human Rights Watch Film Festival, now underway at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater in New York City.

Read the story at Film Journal. 

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