New documentary chronicles life of Yazidi activist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Nadia Murad

(OSCILLOSCOPE) – Nobel Prize recipient Nadia Murad, an Iraqi Yazidi woman held as a sex slave by Islamic state militants, is the subject of a new documentary, “On Her Shoulders.” The film chronicles the life of Murad, who became the face of a global campaign to free the Yazidi.

Murad was one of about 7,000 women and girls captured in northwest Iraq in August 2014 and held by Islamic State in Mosul where she was tortured and raped. She escaped after three months and reached Germany, from where she campaigns for her people.

She has taken to the world stage to appeal for support for the Yazidi, in the United Nations Security Council in 2015 and to governments globally, earning her the appointment as a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador.

The film follow the twenty-three-year-old Murad as she manouvers through an array of draining undertakings, between giving testimony before the U.N. to visiting refugee camps to media interviews and meetings with top government officials.

The film, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, will release on October 19 in New York and October 24 in Los Angeles with a larger rollout to follow.

Associated Links

  • Middle East
  • Terrorism
  • Asia
  • Women human rights defenders
  • Women in Iraq
  • Nadia Murad
  • Yazidis
  • Murad
  • Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
  • Yazda
  • Genocide of Yazidis by ISIL

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