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Directed by Alexandria Bombach
94 min | 2018 | USA | Not Rated
Presented in English and Kurdish/Arabic with English subtitles.

Post-film discussion with Walker Frahm (Chief Operating Officer of Lifting Hands International), Francine Weiss (Dean of Nursing, SLCC), Dawood Ahmed (President of Operation Yazidi! and Yazidi refugee living in Utah), and Hasan Hasan and Qassim Hello (Yazidi refugees living in Utah).

Mobbed by iPhone cameras and pushy reporters, 23-year-old Nadia Murad leads a harrowing but vital crusade: to find the most influential platforms in the world and speak out on behalf of the embattled Yazidi community who face mass extermination by ISIS militants. Having narrowly escaped with her own life, Nadia must now relentlessly recount on radio shows, at rallies, and even on the floor of the United Nation’s general assembly her ordeal as a Yazidi sex slave and witness to her family’s brutal killings. Though excruciating, she forces herself to revisit these realities again and again. For without her testimony, the genocide happening right in front of the world’s eyes might go completely unnoticed.

With a formal precision and elegance that matches Nadia’s calm and steely demeanor, filmmaker Alexandria Bombach brings us inside an exhausting, destabilizing journey fraught with personal pain and profound ethical urgency. From the refugee camps in Greece to the gilded halls of power, we observe a woman re-purpose unimaginable trauma into a powerful rallying cry for justice. Description courtesy of Sundance Institute

Winner: Directing Award: U.S. Documentary–2018 Sundance Film Festival

Presented in celebration of Women’s History Month in March.

Featured, Salt Lake City

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 @ 7:00 PM8:40 PM MDT