Bird in the Hand

Directed by Catherine Gund (Sallfield), Melanie Hope
1992
USA
25 mins

Lovers Simone and Kaya are trying desperately to escape New York City for the weekend; as well as the reality of their friend Ayo's abusive relationship. Along the way, Kaya, who, in a expected lesbian fashion, is Ayo's ex-lover, becomes more and more obsessed with tracking her down before they leave. Throughout this experimental narrative, the couple confronts the trials and tribulations of the 1992 city streets of NYC—broken pay phones, jealousy, and other unexpected encounters. At times humorous, at times discomforting, the queer classic short film Bird in the Hand addresses issues around co-dependency and obsession through passionate, honest, characterizations of lesbian culture.

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