Last Day of Freedom

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Watch the preview for the Academy Award-nominated Last Day of Freedom by filmmakers Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman. 

Bill Babbitt supported the death penalty ... until it came knocking at his door.

Bill fondly recalls early life with his brother Manny, but a childhood car accident leaves Manny forever changed. Two tours in Vietnam only compound Manny’s mental health issues. After the war, bouts of paranoia leave him living on the streets. Concerned about his brother, Bill and his family invite Manny to come live with them in Sacramento. One day, however, Bill makes a shocking discovery that leaves him with an impossible choice: cover for his brother ... or turn him in.

In this deeply personal animated short, Bill explores his attempt to do the “right” thing as familial bonds, mental illness and murder tug a close relationship in conflicting directions.

Last Day of Freedom has won numerous awards, including the Jury Award for Best Short at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival; the Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award at Full Frame; the Justice for All Award at the (In) Justice Film Festival; and the audience award at SF DocFest.


The film has been nominated for a 2016 Academy Award in the Documentary Short Category.

Go behind-the-scenes with the filmmakers of Last Day of Freedom.