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Starring: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Harris Dickinson, Taylor John Smith, David Strathairn, Michael Hyatt, Sterling Macer, Jr., Jayson Warner Smith, Garret Dillahunt, Ahna O’Reilly
Drama directed by Olivia Newman. Where the Crawdads Sing (2022) centers on Kya (Daisy Edgar-Jones), an abandoned girl who raised herself to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina, isolating her from her community. Drawn to two young men from town, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world. However, when one of them is found dead, Kaya is the prime suspect in his murder case. As the case unfolds, the verdict as to what actually happened becomes increasingly unclear, threatening to reveal the many secrets that lay within the marsh.
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Kya: In town, they tell the story of the Marsh Girl. The one who grew up alone in the wild. But they never really knew me. Like most stories, the facts don’t weigh into it.
Kya: I didn’t know how to do life. I was better off learning from the marsh.
Kya: The marsh taught me how to survive, but it couldn’t teach me everything.
Tom Milton: I have, like you, heard the tall tales told about the Marsh Girl. An abandoned child. A little girl surviving in the marsh on her own, reviled and shunned.
Jumpin: Hello, Miss Kya.
Little Kya: I hear y’all buy muscles.
Kya: I had a family once. They called me Kya.
Tate Walker: You can’t live alone in the marsh forever.
Kya: Watch me.
Tate Walker: Alright.
Kya: Sometimes I feel so invisible. I wonder if I’m here at all.
Tate Walker: You are.
Chase Andrews: It’s dangerous to live out here alone like this.
Kya: I’m fine.
Chase Andrews: You’re something else, ain’t you.
Man: It’s a dangerous world, ain’t it.
Kya: I don’t know if there is a dark side to nature. Just inventive ways to endure, against all odds.
Jumpin: Be careful. Ya’ll by your lonesome out there.
Kya: I will not live in fear.
Chase Andrews: [to Kya] I think you’re gorgeous. I want to get to know you better.
Sheriff Jackson: There are no footprints. There’s no fingerprints on the railings. Nothing.
Man: No fingerprints?
Sheriff Jackson: Someone destroyed evidence.
Kya: Being isolated is one thing. Being hunted, quite another.
Patti Love Andrews: The Marsh Girl. She killed him!
Judge: Ms. Catherine Clarke is charged with the murder of Chase Andrews. Prosecution has announced it will seek the death penalty.
Tom Milton: I know you have a world of reasons to hate these people.
Kya: No, I never hated them. They hated me! They harassed me!
Kya: [to Milton] You want me to beg for my life? I won’t. They’re not deciding anything about me.
Kya: I’m going to get out of here, one way or the other.
Kya: In spite of everything in trying to stomp it out, life persists. Where out yonder, where the crawdads sing, the marsh knows one thing above all else. Every creature does what it must to survive.