BRIEF EXCHANGES follows Tanya, a young Black woman living in New York City. After a harsh encounter with a drunken stranger, she lands on the same street corner as Troy, whose kindness stands in sharp contrast to the unfriendly city. Their chance encounter becomes a daylong affair of flirtatious banter punctuated by poignant moments, or “brief exchanges,” that reflect the various microaggressions Tanya must navigate daily. Filtered through the lens of a charming meet-cute, this film represents a Black woman’s reality in living with these intersectional identities.
Communication, connection, relationships–and perhaps a little sexy time with citrus fruits–is the name of the game with this collection of narrative short films.