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Watch: Oscar-Shortlisted ‘Last Day of Freedom’ Is a Searing Study of Our Most Pressing Social Issues

Watch: Oscar-Shortlisted 'Last Day of Freedom' Is a Searing Study of Our Most Pressing Social Issues

Animated documentary short “Last Day of Freedom,” recent winner of the IDA’s Best Documentary Short prize and one of ten on the Academy’s shortlist in the category, tells the story of Bill Babbitt, who realizes that his brother, Manny, has committed a crime—and must decide whether or not to turn him in.

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It’s Bill’s soft voice you hear in the stunning trailer (video above) for “Last Day of Freedom,” as he personally confronts several of our most pressing social issues, including veterans’ affairs, access to mental healthcare, and the need for criminal justice reform. As Manny, a veteran, is charged, convicted, and ultimately faced with the death penalty, “Last Day of Freedom” captures the interwoven personal and political questions at the heart of Babbitt’s story. 

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U.K.-born co-director Dee Hibbert-Jones and her Israel-born collaborator Nomi Talisman, both now based in San Francisco, discuss the making of “Last Day of Freedom” with KQED’s “Truly CA” in the featurette below.


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