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New documentary to explore past and present of ‘Statue of Liberty’

A new documentary, ‘LIBERTY: MOTHER OF EXILES’, is slated to make debut on HBO this fall which would explore past and present of the iconic ‘Status of Liberty’.

From Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato of World of Wonder (HBO’s Emmy®-nominated “Carrie Fisher: Wishful Drinking,”) the documentary follows legendary fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, “godmother” of the statue, in her quest to discover how sculptor Auguste Bartholdi’s dream became a reality and what the statue means to people around the world.

The forthcoming documentary casts a new light on one of America’s greatest symbols of freedom and explores its surprising history, the challenges it has faced over the years and its impact on generations.

Like most Americans, Lady Liberty has an immigrant story and over the course of the film, Diane von Furstenberg, herself an immigrant, realizes how intimately connected her background is with the statue.

Makers of the documentary said, “Lady Liberty, chains broken and striding forward, has become the symbol of the struggle for freedom all around the world. As the Mother of Exiles, she welcomes millions of immigrants seeking a better life in America. This film could not be a more timely reminder of the values that the statue has always stood for.”

The documentary begins with the groundbreaking ceremony for the new museum at the base of the Statue of Liberty and goes on to reveal its dramatic history.

The film spotlights the descendants of Édouard de Laboulaye and Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, who also played key roles in the creation of the statue, along with almost 70 subjects whose lives have been touched by it, from street artists and factory workers to the families who lived on Liberty Island until their homes were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.

‘LIBERTY: MOTHER OF EXILES’ is produced and directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato; executive producers, Diane Von Furstenberg, Sheila Nevins and Jason Blum. For HBO: executive producers, Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller.

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