As we continue our Women’s History Month exploration of Tribeca selections helmed by women directors, it’s time to turn our attention to a daring work by one of the most redoubtable veteran voices in American independent cinema: Kelly Reichardt.
In 2013, writer, director, and editor Reichardt helmed the minimalist thriller Night Moves, in which Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, and Peter Sarsgaard star as radical eco-terrorists hatching a risky attack on a hydro-electric dam. Meanwhile, Reichardt remains, as always, hyperconscious of the living world around them.
‘What They Took With Them’ performed by Cate Blanchett, Keira Knightley, Juliet Stevenson, Peter Capaldi, Stanley Tucci, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kit Harington, Douglas Booth, Jesse Eisenberg and Neil Gaiman.
The poem was written by Jenifer Toksvig and was inspired by stories and first-hand testimonies from refugees forced to flee their homes and items they took with them.
One of the sources for the poem was Brian Sokol’s photography project, ‘The Most Important Thing,’ made in collaboration with UNHCR. Many of Brian’s photos, along with firsthand accounts from the refugees he photographed, are featured in the film.