Liberty

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    Liberty

    Directed by

    USA

    2018

    17 min

    • English

    Drama

    Best friends Milagros (Loggy) and Alex have been neighbors their entire lives in Miami’s redeveloping Liberty Square. Loggy detaches when she learns that Alex is being displaced and relocated to another community. The two are chosen to dance together at the community’s groundbreaking ceremony but their plans are derailed when the memorial of Milagro’s slain mother is confiscated. The integrity of their friendship is tested as they search for its whereabouts.

    Awards

    • Special prize for the Best Short Film (International Jury Generation 14plus) - Berlinale Generation

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Milagros Gilbert
    Alexandra Jackson
    Willnya Jenkins
    Mary Griffin
    McArthur Richard
    Screenplay
    Faren Humes
    Cinematography
    Zamarin Wahdat
    Editing
    Aleshka Ferrero

    Director's Statement

    LIBERTY is a largely improvisational drama that explores displacement and the eroding effects of gentrification on the community of Liberty Square in Liberty City, Miami, Fl.
    I wanted to show the materiality of loss and uprooting within this historical site—where family fabric, bonds, and tradition are long-standing tenets—but also the vitality that remains and the resilience that has no bounds. And so, we dance. Using choreography and dancers from Traci Young-Byron’s YCDT Dance Troupe, we witness a single desire to dance disintegrate within this sphere of construction and change. This is a dedication to the Pork n Beans.

    Production
    FILM INDEPENDENT
    Faren Humes

    Faren Humes

    USA

    Faren Humes (Miami, Fl, 1986) is a filmmaker whose work engages the concept of temporality and explores Black interiority through modalities of duration and rhythmic flow. Her films have screened at the Berlinale, SXSW, Blackstar Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, Pan African Film Festival, Chicago Int'l Film Festival and the Mobile Museum of Art. Her work has been recognized by the Directors Guild of America and the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is the recipient of various honors including the Sundance-Knight Fellowship (2016), Film Independent Project Involve Directing Fellowship (2018) and Chaz & Robert Ebert Fellowship (2018). She was named one of Miami’s Top 100 Creatives by Miami New Times.