Dinner, Discussion & Documentary
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Philos Canada invites you to a dinner, discussion and screening of On Her Shoulders, a documentary on Nadia Murad.
The film, hosted by Canadian War Museum and Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, addresses the plight of Yazidis - an ethno-religious minority that has suffered a brutal campaign of persecution and murder by Islamists in the region. Indigenous to northern Iraq, northern Syria and southeastern Turkey, Yazidis have faced exile from their ancestral lands and genocide.
In 2018, Nadia Murad, the now 26-year-old Yazidi survivor became one of two winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict. Having seen and experienced the atrocities committed against the Yazidi community in Iraq, Murad became the reluctant but powerful voice of her people in a crusade to get the world to finally pay attention to the genocide taking place. She survived repeated sexual assaults and bore witness to the ruthless murders of her loved ones. Now, her bravery to speak openly is put to the test daily as reporters, politicians and activists push for her to recount her past. As difficult as it is for her to continually revisit her trauma, she powers forward, fighting for justice and the greater good of all those who are suffering in her community. Nadia’s testimonials and speeches command attention and action, showcasing the incredible courage it takes to come forward and speak up in the most difficult of circumstances.
5:15-6:45pm: Dinner and Discussion
Mill Street Brewery, 555 Wellington Street
7-9:30pm: On Her Shoulders screening and Q&A with journalist Christina Frangou
Ottawa War Museum, 1 Vimy Place
RSVP required by February 14th