Liberty (2019)


Alex and Milagros deal with great life upheaval as they prepare to dance at their community’s redevelopment groundbreaking ceremony.


  • Berlinale - Generation (February 2019), Berlin, Germany - World Premiere

  • Miami Film Festival (March 2019), Miami, FL - North American Premiere

  • SXSW (March 2019), Austin, TX

  • Aspen Film Festival (April 2019), Aspen, CO

  • Atlanta Film Festival (April 2019), Atlanta, GA

  • Florida Film Festival (April 2019), Orlando, FL

  • Seattle International Film Festival (June 2019), Seattle, WA

  • Mammoth Lakes Film Festival (June 2019), Mammoth, CA

  • DeadCenter Film Festival (June 2019), Oklahoma City, OK

  • BAM Cinefest (June 2019), Brooklyn, NY

  • Palm Springs Shortfest (June 2019), Palm Springs, CA

  • Champs-Élysées Film Festival (June 2019), Paris, France

  • Indie Streets Film Festival (July 2019), Red Bank, NJ

  • Indy Shorts International Film Festival (July 2019), Indianapolis, IN

  • BlackStar Film Festival (August 2019), Philadelphia, PA

  • Monmouth Film Festival (August 2019), Red Bank, NJ

  • Elegba Folklore Society (September 2019), Richmond, VA

  • Nova Frontier Film Festival (September 2019), Brooklyn, NY

  • Tacoma Film Festival (October 2019), Tacoma, WA

  • Hamptons International Film Festival (October 2019), Hamptons, NY

  • New Orleans Film Festival (October 2019), New Orleans, LA

  • Chicago International Film Festival (October 2019), Chicago, IL

  • Downtown LA Film Festival (October 2019), Los Angeles, CA

  • AFI Fest (November 2019), Los Angeles, CA

  • Le Cinema Club (November 2019), Online Festival

  • Stockholm International Film Festival (November 2019), Stockholm, Sweden

  • Vimeo Staff Pick (December, 2019)

  • Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (December 2019), Winterthur, Switzerland


Director / Writer: Faren Humes

Cast: Milagros Gilbert
Alexandra Jackson
Willnya Jenkins,
MacArthur Richard
Mary Griffin

Producers: Katherine Fisher, Diego Nájera, Diana Ward
Executive Producer: Kimberly Han, Valerie Castillo-Martinez, Francisco Velasquez
Co-Producers: Esther Park, Dennis Scholl
Cinematography: Zamarin Wahdat
Editor: Aleshka Ferrero
Production Design: Gabriela Soto

© Film Independent Project Involve 2019



Director's Note

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.

This is a dedication to the Pork n Beans.


  • Berlinale Winner - Special Prize - Generation 14plus

  • Miami Film Festival Winner - Knight Made in MIA Award

  • SXSW Winner - Grand Jury Prize

  • Champs-Élysées Film Festival Winner - Best American Short Film

  • Indie Streets Film Festival Jury Award - Best Narrative Short Film

  • Chicago International Film Festival Gold Hugo Award

  • AFI Fest Special Jury Prize - Live Action

  • Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur Special Mention, International Competition