WeTalk — Voice to Power: Films for Social Justice: Alexandria Bombach and Hayley Pappas

Ondi Timoner speaks with the director and producer behind the very powerful forthcoming documentary On Her Shoulders.

Sundance award-winning director Alexandria Bombach and her producer Hayley Pappas, who calls the shots at the cutting-edge Oscar-nominated production company RYOT films, speak about their award-winning documentary On Her Shoulders, the truly incredible story of Nadia Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi survivor of genocide and ISIS sexual slavery who, despite losing everything and everyone, is determined to tell her story as many times as is needed to get help for her people. Murad’s eloquence and grace ends up opening the hearts and minds of the United Nations. You can find On Her Shoulders in theaters this fall.

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Producer/director Ondi Timoner has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival twice. Her 2004 doc, Dig!, explores the star-crossed rivalry of the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre, while her 2009 top prize-winner, We Live in Public, examines privacy in the virtual age through Internet visionary Josh Harris’ social experiments. Her company A Total Disruption releases weekly short docs about thought leaders and doers who are transforming our lives through technology.