ON HER SHOULDERS
A 2018 SUNDANCE AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY
“The emotional story of the pressures, both expected and not, on a Yazidi survivor of ISIS sexual slavery as she attempts to bring her people’s story to the world.” – LA Times
Uncommon Union co-produced On Her Shoulders, a documentary about Nadia Murad, in cooperation with longtime partner RYOT News. Murad is a 23-year-old Yazidi survivor of genocide and UN Goodwill Ambassador. Uncommon Union came to meet Murad through its advocacy work supporting the Yazidi community. After several trips to Iraq and refugee camps in the Middle East to support information-gathering efforts, Uncommon Union approached RYOT as part of a campaign to raise awareness of ongoing human rights violations.
The film tells Murad’s story and documents how repeating it to politicians, the media, and the UN to little effect takes a toll on her personally. As an ordinary village girl, Murad is thrusted into an international spotlight. She must learn to navigate bureaucracy, fame and people’s “good intentions,” in the interest of justice and her struggling community.
The film won the U.S. Documentary Directing Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where it premiered. Its North American rights were subsequently acquired by Oscilloscope Laboratories.
The Hollywood Reporter