In case you haven’t heard, the OWHL now offers Kanopy, a free film-streaming site, to the PA community. Kanopy is a treasure trove of documentaries, Academy Award-winning films, world cinema, Criterion Collection gems, classic cinema, and much more. To highlight the sheer awesomeness of this service, the OWHL will post Kanopy recommendations once a week. Please note: If you see something on Kanopy that you’d like the PA community to know about, contact us and we will gladly lend you some OWHL website space so you can give a shout-out to your favorite find.
So, this week’s recommendation? Last Day of Freedom.
Nominated for a Best Short Documentary Subject Academy Award in 2016, Last Day of Freedom centers on Bill Babbitt recounting his efforts to care for his emotionally troubled brother Manny. The film is worth your time just to watch Bill work through his memories of Manny and struggle with the moral complications of doing what’s right when a family member has done the ultimate wrong. Formally impressive (filmmakers Nomi Talisman and Dee Hibbert-Jones shot over 30,000 frames and then animated each one) and thematically rich, Last Day of Freedom gives viewers a deeply moving portrait of how one family dealt with the effects of PTSD, the limitations of mental health care for veterans, and the cruel realities of a racist criminal justice system.
If you have any questions about Kanopy, please stop by the OWHL to have them answered.