Synopsis: Birdie, a biracial girl raised by her Jewish mom in a New Jersey suburb, spends a rare visitation day with her father while preparing for her Bat Mitzvah. They share a meal, she overcomes her doubts, and she decides to risk inviting him back into her life. Birdie confronts what independence means as she steps into adulthood on her own terms.
Chad L. Coleman
My parents encouraged me to incorporate our memories into this film. It was important to depict both Birdie’s love for her mom and her curiosity about the other components that make up her identity. I remember internalizing whispers of my “broken” home to mean I was different, but these characters’ stories are not ones of defeat. The film is a celebration of uniqueness.