Last Day of Freedom

USA / 2015 / 32 minutes / Not Rated

When Bill Babbitt realizes his brother Manny has committed a crime he agonizes over his decision — should he call the police? 2016 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Short Subject, Last Day of Freedom tells the story of Bill’s decision to stand by his brother, a veteran returning from war, as he faces criminal charges, racism, and ultimately the death penalty.


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    Dee Hibbert-Jones Nomi Talisman

  • "The most idiosyncratic and moving documentary, rendered in black-and-white line drawing, is the agonizing story of Manny Babbitt. It will break your heart."

    — The New York Times
  • "The closest to a work of art itself is Last Day of Freedom… It’s a quietly devastating work from first-time filmmakers Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman."

    — Los Angeles Times
  • "This film is a gem. Exquisitely rendered. Stunning. Watching this film will remind you of all that remains unsaid—on all sides—in our current political food fight.”

    — The Nation
  • "l love Last Day of Freedom. It boasts beauty and importance equally. Talisman and Hibbert-Jones breathe palpable empathy into their animation, and Babbitt’s internal conflict feels as real as the societal problems it reflects."

    — The Observer
  • "A work of art in its own right… so artfully accomplished and so nuanced and complex."

    — Indiewire
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