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Broken Bird (2020) | short film by Rachel Harrison Gordon

Broken Bird (2020) | short film by Rachel Harrison Gordon

 
[tape recording of Torah chanting]
[Chanting in Hebrew]

["Eretz Zavat Chalav U'dvash" by Nina Simone]

Alright, lean back sweetie.

This tender head of yours.
Wow!
Thank you.

Mom, stop!

[NPR chime]
[Disco music]
[Disco music lowers]

You hungry?

Chinese?
So, your Bat Mitzvah. Well, with me, we drink soda.
I'm not allowed.

You want a soda?
I hate going there, the Rabbis... always reminding me, "Egypt's in Africa." Listen.
How's that going?

I hate the Torah portion that they gave me.
If you don't like what they gave you, make something up. What are they gonna do? Stop you in the middle? You don't need them.
Baruch Atah Adon...

[singing] Baruch Atah Adonai.
Just trying to make it down the road.
Hi Miss Birdie.

Merry Christmas bro!

How you doing?

This is Birdie.
Take your time sweetie.
You like these?

Yeah. That'd be good.

You going to the meeting by the mall at uh…5:30?
you can either go to the store with glossy doors and champagne, I gotta get her back to her mother. Well,
the back of some dude's car.
So how do you know it's fake?
["Bad Girls" by Donna Summer on radio]

or
Leave it.
Wait!
[singing] Toot toot. Hey. Beep beep. Did she keep the records? Dad stop. [Radio plays] Dad stop, really stop.
Toot toot. Hey. Beep beep.

Yeah, I think they're somewhere.
[Honks twice] Toot toot. Hey. [Honks twice] I'll be there. To my Bat Mitzvah?
Will you come?

[Music plays]
She invited me to her Bat Mitzvah.
Are we gonna be good?

[Eileen] It's always up to you.

Andre.
[Andre] Listen,
["Bad Girls" plays]

Hey.
Sorry.
Don't do that! You scared me.
What are you listening to?
I've been calling you for dinner.

[Chants Hebrew]

[Echoes] Toot toot. Hey. Beep beep.

Toot toot. Hey. Beep beep.

Toot toot. Hey. Beep beep.

[Chanting] Toot toot. Hey. Beep beep.

[Hebrew chanting]

[Truck honks]

["Higher" by Amyra León]