“I hope there will be an Arab wave of cinema. There’s a lot happening in our countries, and it’s important to show a different image than what you see on the television or in the news.”
We’re still spotlighting Tribeca selections helmed by women directors every day of Women’s History Month. Throughout the month of March, you’ve seen films by acclaimed talents like Bette Gordon, Nicole Holofcener, Mira Nair, Sarah Polley, and Kelly Reichardt.
Leyla Bouzid is a filmmaker who absolutely deserves to join their ranks. In her 2016 festival selection As I Open My Eyes, Bouzid follows a Tunisian teen who shirks her studies and disobeys her mother to take the mic as rock goddess in a local band. This is a tuneful and incisive gem about a young artist at the cusp of a personal and political revolution that should be sought out and relished by all.
I had no intention of writing about this movie; I was looking forward to just chilling with two of my favourite people at the back of Cineworld, enjoying a cheeky tinny, gorging myself on Maltesers and letting the giggles take over. However, and here’s a sentence I never thought I’d write, Lego Batman raised so many important feminist issues I just had to pick up my pen and have my say.
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.