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On Her Shoulders

On Her Shoulders is a movie starring Nadia Murad, Murad Ismael, and Simone Monasebian. Nadia Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi, survived genocide and sexual slavery committed by ISIS. Repeating her story to the world, this ordinary girl...

Other Titles
Nadia - folkmordets röst, Na jej barkach, Nadia terhe, ナディアの誓い On Her Shoulders, Sulle sue spalle
Running Time
1 hours 35 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Documentary, Biography
Alexandria Bombach
Shahnaz Osso, Yousif Haskan, Deniz Ekici, Hishyar Abid, Nawaf Ashur
Murad Ismael, Nadia Murad, Simone Monasebian, Michelle Rempel
Audio Languages
Deutsch, English, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Nadia Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi, survived genocide and sexual slavery committed by ISIS. Repeating her story to the world, this ordinary girl finds herself thrust onto the international stage as the voice of her people.

Comments about documentary «On Her Shoulders» (14)

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Frank W.

This is a very good documentary on the early days of Dr. King, his wife and his wife's husband. It is not a documentary on the civil rights movement but on the struggles of the civil rights movement. The documentary is very well done. The interviews are well done. It is worth watching for the documentary alone.

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Jeffrey Brooks

Many people seem to enjoy this documentary, but I found it rather dull and not especially interesting. I didn't particularly enjoy the documentary though, and there were plenty of things that were obvious that I could've figured out beforehand. I didn't really care much about the lives of the people in the documentary either. I was kind of bored by the whole thing. It was all just boring. The people in the documentary seemed to be either pretty good, or really awful. There were some scenes that I really liked, and then there were some that really bugged me. I really just wanted to know the story behind the girls. I wanted to know why the girls thought they were in a unique and special place, and why the people around them thought they were special. I really wanted to know that. I didn't really get it. They were just bad people who made a lot of money and were therefore really successful. In that sense, the documentary just left me with that same feeling of "why did they do that?" That's just something I couldn't really get. Overall, I really didn't like this documentary. It was very boring and I just didn't really care about the lives of any of the people in it. I really didn't like this documentary.

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Frances Warren

I have always been a huge fan of the First Lady, but as an adult I can see that she is a great leader and is a great spokesperson for women. I was a little skeptical about her nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, but I am glad to say that the nomination was a great honor. I think it is a good thing that women are recognized for their contributions to the world, especially when they are a part of the issues that are facing us today. My mom has always told me that the most important thing in life is family, and I think that is a message that Mrs. Clinton has been able to transmit to the world. Her mother's example of being strong and determined for the betterment of the family is something that I want to live up to, and I hope that I can help make that happen for the world. Her work and dedication has always been a great example to me, and I am very grateful to her. She is a true leader, and I look forward to her efforts and success in her future endeavors. I have always believed that it is the people that make the difference in this world, and I hope that Mrs. Clinton will continue to do what she does best. She is a strong, determined, and intelligent woman who will continue to help us achieve the peace and happiness that we deserve. Her message will continue to be heard, and I look forward to what she has to say.

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Marilyn Walters

On Her Shoulders (1998) is an HBO movie, and a nice one at that. One of the more self-aware documentaries I have ever seen, "On Her Shoulders" is a look at the horror and the despair that haunted an entire community for almost a decade. The film shows us what happened at Willow Creek in rural California in the late 1970's and early 1980's. The town of Willow Creek was a place of cheap motels, cheap cigarettes, and an all-girls' school. I was lucky enough to visit the town in 1978, and I have fond memories of it. However, since that time, the town has been the scene of a series of disasters. For many years, Willow Creek was the subject of the news, and with good reason. Between the town being the scene of a series of deadly accidents, and the discovery of a gruesome and almost fatal suicide of one of the girls in the town, it is pretty obvious that there was something very wrong with the town. The documentary does a great job of showing us the deep roots of the town. It is a strong documentary, and it really shows the hard times that came from the tragedy. One of the most disturbing aspects of the documentary is the unseen or otherwise unheard horror that happened to one of the girls, Cindy Cholz. As a reporter for the Fresno Bee, I interviewed her in 1995. In her interview, she describes the event that made her the victim of the tragedy. I quote from her interview, "They just came in, they pulled me out of bed, and they told me I was going to be raped. I'm not going to live long enough to tell you about what they did to me. They took a blanket from the bed, and they tied my hands behind my back. They cut my hair off with a razor blade. They raped me." One of the things I love about the documentary is that it never focuses on the main character of Cindy Cholz, as she is the only person that we really get to know. Instead, the documentary focuses on the people of Willow Creek, which is what makes the story so powerful and frightening. The film is a look at the people who lived in the town, and it is pretty cool to see how the town reacted to the tragedy. By no means is this a movie to go and see, as it is a real eye-opener, and the interviewees do a great job in telling their story. The documentary is a good documentary, and I would highly recommend it. It is a powerful documentary, and I would give it a 7/10.

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Albert Watkins

We have all been there, the weight of what we are in our lives and how much we have to carry, and how much we need to give up. The one thing I have learned from this documentary is that you do not need to be a child to feel what a child feels, and that there are no 'one size fits all' rules. The pain of losing a parent is no different to that of a child losing a parent. But we have all been there. We have all been touched by loss, and we have all been hurt. This documentary, from beginning to end, will leave you in tears and with a sense of hope. I have watched it twice and will watch it again.

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Shirley Fuller

As I was watching this I thought that it was a very interesting documentary and that it was a must see for everyone who has had to overcome a disability or have had a family member who was disabled. I thought that the documentary did a good job at explaining the situation and really helping the viewer to understand. I thought that it was an honest documentary that is not necessarily more about the disability or more about the person who is disabled but it is still an interesting documentary. The movie is very well done and it gives you a feel of the situation. The viewer is able to relate to the situations and the family members as well as the medical professionals. The director is someone that I would really like to see in more movies. I thought that the movie was well done and I recommend this documentary to anyone who has had a disability or has had a family member who is disabled.

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Lauren B.

I love the classic style of documentary. From the "Romeo and Juliet" and "Hamlet" of Shakespeare to the "Born Free" and "The National Anthem" of the U.S. government to the "The Diary of Anne Frank" of the United Nations. In the documentary, I thought that the same kind of style was used. But I was wrong. The documentary was about an extreme section of people that would not listen to any argument, and they would always go for violent methods to achieve their goals. It is not a documentary about wars or terrorists, but a documentary about criminals and lawbreakers. It is about the "normal" people and criminals. That is the most disgusting aspect of the film. They are the kind of people that think that they are more important than other people. And that's why they are willing to break the law and kill people just to achieve their goals. I did not like the fact that there was a video on the wall of the woman who was beaten to death. It's horrible, and it is not in the best way. I also thought that the documentary was not about the "normal" people, but rather the ones that are like that. I am not surprised that she is now dead. I would have liked to see that video removed from the wall. But I am very glad that she is gone. This documentary is only a very small part of all the people and criminals who are living in America. I will never understand how they could be so disconnected from what is happening around them. There are many Americans that are also criminals and lawbreakers, and the documentary was not about them. It is about people that are insane and violent, and they are not looking to anyone but themselves.

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This documentary can't stand alone. It's also a well-produced work, with several compelling and topical episodes that make you think. But, as a standalone film, the film is a bit weak. It's definitely more "measured" than the previous reviews. Some of the interviews feel slightly forced or gimmicky, and the premise of the movie is somewhat unclear. In a way, the focus on old-time radio DJs may have worked better, as these interviews fit well within the wider scope of the film. But that's not the film's problem; it's just that some of the interviews felt a little pointless or too off-kilter. It also feels a little too much like a film about radio DJs, in that the two main subjects seemed too good for their stories, which is a bit off-putting. Still, the documentary is worthwhile if you're interested in this work. The images and sound of this documentary are very well-done and well-captured. However, this is more than enough for a documentary to stand on its own, and not even a film about radio DJs can work quite as well as this.

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Grace L.

As a former student of this guy's in the Catholic school system, it was just too much to handle. I spent 2 years there and witnessed at least 50 cases of child sexual abuse and it's really hard to understand how they get away with it. So, my guess is this guy just doesn't like being forced to testify to the lawyers and the people in the media. He was actually pretty nice in his interviews and although he said a lot of very wrong things, I think it was understandable and had nothing to do with his personal issues. So, my advice is to save your time and go watch it on youtube or wherever else you can find it.

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Mary S.

Julian Smith's biography of Sylvia Plath is a fascinating look at the author's life and how she met her husband, but not a very happy one. In particular, it's difficult to sympathize with the woman, much less feel any sort of sympathy for her husband. Smith was her husband, and Smith was a young writer whose work she died writing, in the same year, but who was largely responsible for her own demise. It's a very hard story to tell. The film is, at times, monotone. The love that love was said to have for her child is not really articulated. She seems to have a lot of feelings about her "affair" with Philip Eisteddfearn (the boy she fathered with Plath) and her subsequent relationship with him. But, at times, it feels as if Smith is merely narrating from memory, even though it's clear that the film is about her and not about her life. The real question is, what's wrong with Smith, as opposed to how she died? I'm not sure, but I can't help feeling that the story is a bit more complicated than that. The film also seems to be designed to give us some information about the Hollywood-bashing that many of the late 1960s had to do with the fact that Plath was a woman who was doing work that was considered too "male" to do. This is all fine, but there are some serious problems with this film. Smith talks about how "old and uneducated" she was and how she was "a creature of her time" that was unable to relate to anything outside of the "masculine order." This is as bad as it gets. She spends more time on how she was unable to write with "the lowest possible fives," and how her "painter's brush" made her "a symbol of the decay of the feminine order." I guess it must be because she "was so spiritually focused, she couldn't connect with the body." But I think that, if the film was about Plath, it would have made more sense to focus on how Plath was not able to write because of her "painters brush," rather than how Plath was "uneducated." Also, the film seems to focus on how Plath had a "sexual relationship" with her brother, and that this was why she was more "privileged" and had more "access" to the "higher order." As I said before, it's difficult to say anything about the real Sylvia Plath. Smith is good at giving us the answers, but not much else. If we want to see a good biography of the woman, look at Jane Fonda's memoir, Her Deathbed Conversations, which was the best I have ever seen. It was also beautifully edited, and the fact that Jane's life was also very controversial shows how the film-makers handled the issue. Smith is certainly a talented writer and interviewer, but I think the film is an okay enough watch. I recommend it to people who want to learn more about the real Sylvia Plath, but it won't be one of the most popular biopics of all time.

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Howard Collins

This is the first documentary I've seen on the true story of the supposed "Son of Sam". The film is based on the book by Doris Kearns Goodwin and is a well-done and entertaining piece of work. As a journalist, I have a keen interest in the subject and it is very interesting to see how this subject has been handled. It is a great film and one that should be shown in schools and colleges.

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When I found out that Roald Dahl was doing a film, I was excited. I had read the book several times, and while I was not a Dahl fan, I was still interested in seeing what he had done with it. The movie was decent, but I wish they had had a little more of Dahl and even less of Roald Dahl. I think a film about Dahl and Roald should have been more about Dahl and the movie would have been better. Still, I would recommend this to Dahl fans and anyone interested in Dahl's work.

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An excellent documentary, very well done. JK Rowling, who is very much to be commended for her work on Harry Potter is also very to be commended for her work on her autobiography and I'm happy to see she wrote a book about her life, her journey, her heartbreak, her journey, her feelings. The documentary shows you the history of the world from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, the rise of the English to the rest of the world, the rise of the British Empire, the fall of the French, the collapse of the German Empire, the rise of Napoleon and his Great Russia, the fall of the U.S., the rise of the Soviet Union, the fall of the Communist International, the rise of the brutal Nazi regime, the end of the Cold War, the rise of the Muslim world and the fall of the Soviet Union. Each chapter is extremely well told, and each one is interesting. The portraits of different people are very interesting, and each one is of immense interest. The sections about the scenes in the buildings of London and London itself are very interesting. The sections about her life are also very interesting, and you know exactly what she's been through, and you can see how her life has affected the whole world, in all its stages. I especially enjoyed the sections about Harry Potter, and Harry's life. She is interviewed by the director, Janus Bremmer, who tells you how she was just like any other person, with all the differences between us and her, and that was a pleasure to see. I thought that the documentary was very well put together, and I recommend it to anyone who has a passion for the subject.

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I was fascinated by this documentary, and was shocked to learn that it was the lead from which her film "Prom Night" was built. I'm shocked that it was completely without her. She was a wonderful, compelling woman, and I'm sad that they didn't acknowledge that. It's funny how much you could learn about Madonna from her. I think she has said that "It's not like I have a career and am the center of attention," but I think she also said that she used to "treat everyone like dirt" and that she can't see herself in the mirror without her nose showing, and I think that was what she was trying to get across, that there's something very sick about people who see people for what they are and not what they could be. That's what she's known for, and I think she's such an amazing artist, and I wish she could have made more of this story.