A biracial girl caught between two worlds prepares for her Bat Mitzvah and adulthood.



 Upcoming Screenings

Florida Film Festival

August 2020  

Atlanta Film Festival

September 2020



Director's Statement

Broken Bird follows Birdie, a biracial girl raised by her Jewish mom in a New Jersey suburb, as she spends a rare day with her father while preparing for her Bat Mitzvah. She overcomes her doubts, and decides to risk inviting him back into her life. Birdie confronts what independence means as she steps into adulthood on her own terms.

This film celebrates the various worlds and lives we incorporate into our own unique identities. I had to learn to be comfortable in my own skin, and I know there are a lot of young people out there who feel the same way. I hope they can take a measure of comfort from Birdie's story, and that they see their own strengths through Birdie's eyes.

- Rachel Harrison Gordon


Main Credits

Indigo Hubbard-Salk

Chad L. Coleman

Jari Jones

Bill Aiken

Mel House

Written, Directed and Produced by Rachel Harrison Gordon
Producer Alon Gur

Director of Photography Rashad Frett

Costume Designer Mia Flanagan

Editor Rachel Harrison Gordon



Rachel Harrison Gordon


Rachel is an MFA/MBA candidate at NYU Tisch/Stern and a Sundance 2020 Blackhouse Fellow. Rachel's interest in storytelling evolved through pursuits of perspectives in journalism and in government. She has studied people through quantitative behavioral data and through their stories, and hopes to create films, commercials and music videos that highlight the different ways people come of age. Her work challenges expectations of race, family and addiction.


Prior to NYU, she served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow for the Obama Administration, learning about Veterans and their experience returning home. She worked as a data analyst within a consumer insights group at The New York Times. Rachel graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering, where she studied Mechanical Engineering. 


Broken Bird is Rachel's first film.


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