Source: Los Angeles Times
A tale of rape and massacre will move the world only so much. Nadia Murad has learned this. There are miles of mass graves, millions of refugees. Only some are heard. But Murad, whose power comes from a brokenness inside, will not let her people in northern Iraq be forgotten.
Murad is a reluctant heroine, a young woman of unflinching conviction and rustic grace. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday — sharing it with Denis Mukwege, a Congolese doctor — for her work to end sexual violence in war zones.
Murad was kidnapped and made a sex slave when Islamic State fighters overran Yazidi villages and towns in Iraq in 2014. She escaped months later and made it to Europe.
The new documentary, “On Her Shoulders,” which opens in Los Angeles on Oct. 24, is an evocative portrait of this unwitting activist who has lost family, endured rape and torture, and became the eloquent if at times overwhelmed voice of 400,000 Yazidis, a religious minority driven from their homes.
Hers is the poetry of witness in a land of atrocity; a tale carried by a seamstress to the world’s capitals.
Directed by Alexandria Bombach, the film follows Murad for three months as she calls attention to her people’s plight, traveling from Berlin to New York to Canada. Her mother and brothers had been killed; at least 3,200 women and girls remained in captivity. This was her story, unfolded in weary persistence to politicians and ambassadors, many of whom praised and photographed her but could do little to stop the carnage.
Read the story at the Los Angeles Times.
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