Oscar-nominated documentary looks at life after the death penalty

Feb 11, 2016

The short documentary film "Last Day of Freedom" came out last year to almost universal acclaim. It won "Best Short" at the International Documentary Association awards and is now up for an Oscar.

The animated film uses 32,000 hand-drawn images to tell the story of Bill Babbitt, whose brother Manny was executed at San Quentin in 1999, and touches on hot button issues like racism, the treatment of veterans, mental health care, and the death penalty. The San Francisco-based creators of the film, Nomi Talisman and Dee Hibbert-Jones, sat down with KALW's Jen Chien to talk about how they made it.

HIBBERT-JONES: These isolated scenes, which are Bill's lonely movement through time, always kind of going towards San Quentin, to witness his brother's execution

"Last Day of Freedom" can be seen in theaters as part of the 2016 Oscar-Nominated shorts program.