One Man’s Haunting Look at PTSD and His Brother’s Execution

The Oscar-nominated short ‘Last Day of Freedom’ traces the troubled life of a black veteran.

The debate about the lack of diversity among Oscar nominees has mostly focused on the big, celebrity-driven categories. But scroll down the list and you’ll find “Last Day of Freedom,” a short animated documentary, made by two women, that explores race, war trauma, and the death penalty. The film, which is available on Netflix, follows the story of Manuel Babbitt, a black veteran of the Marines who served in Vietnam. A decade after his return, Babbitt murdered 78-year-old Leah Schendel during a break-in. His lawyers later claimed he was having a flashback.  Read more: The Marshall Project

If you have a netflix logon, you can watch the short here.