With her film On her shoulders, Bombach created an intimate portrait of a woman who had an enormous responsibility to tell the world of the Yazidi genocide committed by ISIS. More than 4,000 people have died and more than 10,000 were kidnapped or held in captivity. Among them were hundreds of women who were forced into sexual slavery. Nadia was one of them.
But as Alexandria told us in this interview, her film is as much about us, as it is about Nadia Murad. Director asks us hard questions: what does it really mean to be an activist? Are we genuinely willing to support activist’s cause or do we just want to take a picture with her?
The film was awarded for the best documentary directing at the Sundance film festival and was nominated for the documentary Grand Jury Prize.
Our contributor journalist and filmmaker Ieva Balsiūnaitė met Alexandria Bombach in New York this November to discuss her approach to filmmaking. This week, we are sharing their conversation.