Nadia Murad and Murad Ismael appear in On Her Shoulders by Alexandria Bombach.
Nadia Murad and Murad Ismael appear in On Her Shoulders by Alexandria Bombach.

Two of the year’s top award-winning and critically-acclaimed documentary feature films that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival – On Her Shoulders by Alexandria Bombach and The Silence of Others by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar – have been acquired by PBS television series POV.

On Her Shoulders (Tim Hetherington Award Nominee) and The Silence of Others (Grand Jury Award Nominee) will both screen at the Sheffield Doc/Fest in the UK this weekend as well as at the AFI Docs film festival in Washington, DC and the Human Rights Films Festival in New York this month.

On Her Shoulders, following a 23-year-old Yazidi genocide and ISIS sexual slavery survivor, premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Directing Award for a U.S. Documentary. It won a special jury award at SXSW Film Festival and was a Top Ten Audience Favorite at Hot Docs in Toronto.

Synopsis: 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. Away from the podium, she must navigate bureaucracy, fame and people’s good intentions.

The Silence of Others
The Silence of Others

The Silence of Others, which captures the first attempt in 77 years to prosecute crimes of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, took the Audience Award (Panorama) as well as the Peace Prize at its world premiere at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), was a Top Ten Audience Favorite at Hot Docs in Toronto.

Synopsis: The Silence of Others reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, who continue to seek justice to this day. Filmed over six years, the film follows victims and survivors as they organize the groundbreaking “Argentine Lawsuit” and fight a state-imposed amnesia of crimes against humanity, in a country still DIVIDED four decades into democracy.

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