Women in Film 2018 | On Her Shoulders


On Her Shoulders

Dir. Alexandria Bombach | 94 min | 2018 | PG13

Nadia Murad was a girl who once dreamed of opening a beauty salon in her village. Then she became a survivor of the 2014 genocide of Yazidis in Northern Iraq, and sexual slavery by ISIS. As a 23-year-old, Nadia Murad gave a testimony before the U.N. Security Council, and was suddenly thrust into the international spotlight as the face of a persecuted and voiceless religious minority. Alexandria Bombach’s intimate documentary follows Nadia’s journey as she navigates bureaucracy, politics and visibility while advocating for her people on a global stage.

On Her Shoulders
is a moving study that exposes the expectations society places on survivors, confronting us with ethical dilemmas we must all urgently consider.

· Won – Sundance Film Festival, Directing Award: U.S. Documentary

· Won – Hot Docs 2018, Docs for Schools Student Choice Award and Top Ten Audience Favourite


Post-Screening Discussion with Christina Liew and Chen-Hsi Wong.

Christina Liew
Christina Liew is a social justice advocate and storyteller with more than 20 years’ experience in women’s advocacy, poverty alleviation and nonprofit management. She currently serves in the Singapore leadership team of Lean In, a global nonprofit that empowers women in the workplace. She has previously spent 12 years in leadership roles at the Singapore Committee for UN Women, under mandate to advocate, raise funds and educate the public on behalf of at-risk women and girls. She was also a founding Executive Board member at Aidha, an NGO serving foreign domestic workers in Singapore through financial education. Christina believes in the power of storytelling as a vehicle to catalyze change. She has written, directed and produced projects for theatre, film and photography exhibitions. She holds degrees in English Literature, Film Studies and Communications from Boston University, and has resided in Singapore since 2005.

Chen-Hsi Wong

Chen-Hsi Wong is a film writer-director. Her debut fiction feature film “Innocents” (2012) premiered in competition at the Rome IFF, and has won awards at prominent international film festivals, including “Best Director - New Talent” at the Shanghai IFF, “Best Screenplay” at Ourense IFF and the Jury Prize at Film de Femmes Creteil.

Additional work includes the award-winning fiction short film “Who Loves the Sun” (2006), documentary shorts “Conversations on Sago Lane” (2010) and “Open City at the Smell” (2012), and a science fiction CGI short “Dev Null” (2017). She is currently in advanced development for her next feature, “City of Small Blessings” which was selected for the Cannes Cinefondation l’Atelier (2017).

She wrote her BA (Hons) thesis in aesthetic philosophy at the College of Letters at Wesleyan University, and received her MFA in Film Production from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. She is an alumna of the Torino Film Lab, Berlinale Talents, and Film Independent Los Angeles, and Co-Founder of the WCA (Women of the Cinematic Arts) at USC.



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About Women in Film & Photography 2018

Women in Film and Photography is Objectifs' annual programme celebrating extraordinary and groundbreaking works by women filmmakers and photographers, highlighting the important contributions that women make to the arts.

With the backdrop of collective moments like #MeToo and #TimesUp gaining momentum in the past year, the fourth edition of Objectifs' Women in Film and Photography takes on the theme of COLLECTIVE POWER. We turn our spotlight to filmmakers and photographers who seek to empower and effect change within and across communities through their work.

Visit our website for information about the programme: objectifs.com.sg/wifp2018


About the filmmaker

Alexandria Bombach is an award-winning cinematographer, editor and director from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her first feature-length documentary Frame by Frame had its world premiere at SXSW 2015 and won more than 25 film festival awards. She also directed the Pulitzer Center-supported New York Times Op-Doc, Afghanistan by Choice. In addition to her feature documentary work, Alexandria's production company RED REEL has been producing award-winning, character driven stories since 2009, such as her Emmy award-winning 2012 series MoveShake and her 2013 film Common Ground.


Header image: On Her Shoulders by Alexandria Bombach
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