Travis, a short made in 2004 by Kelly Reichardt, may be the most unnerving work in the director’s canon, focusing on a mother’s confusion and pain over her son’s death in the Iraq War. Forgoing a conventional approach to the war narrative, Reichardt opts to repeat a poignant snippet of an NPR radio interview, wherein the mother’s agonized voice can be heard detailing her son’s promise to stay alive before deployment, laid over blown-up, abstract Super 8 footage (of, what appears to be, a child wandering in the grass). The mother’s anonymity only makes the film more powerful–with her voice removed from any context, and her face never shown, the story we hear could represent any one of the many families who lost a child in combat–and the repetition of her words, eventually, become lodged in the mind.