Last Day of Freedom: Film

When Bill Babbitt realizes his brother Manny has committed a crime he agonizes over his decision- should he call the police? Last Day of Freedom is a richly animated personal narrative that 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. The film is a portrait of a man at the nexus of the most pressing social issues of our day – veterans’ care, mental health access and criminal justice. Co-produced and directed with Nomi Talisman

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Released: 2015
Running Time: 32mins


Nominee, Best Short Documentary Subject, The 88th Academy Awards 2016

45th Annual Northern California Area Emmy® Award:  News and Program Specialty -Documentary-Topical 

International Documentary Association (IDA) -Best Short

Finalist, Documentary Short, 59th Cine Eagle Award

2015 Platinum Award Winner of the Spotlight Documentary Film Awards

Gideon Award, California Public Defenders Association

Nominee, The 2016 Veterans Braintrust Award, Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust

Award of Recognition, Hollywood International Independent Doc Awards


Director/Producer/Animation Design: Dee Hibbert-Jones & Nomi Talisman

Last Day of Freedom is the first film in Living Condition a multi-platform documentary trilogy and online project examining the crisis in the U.S. criminal justice system through the lens of families living with a relative on death row

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See also Last Day of Freedom Drawings