Directed by Bailey and Barbato, the film will chronicle legendary fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg as she sets out to discover how French sculptor Auguste Bartholdi designed Liberty Enlightening the World, commonly known as the Statue of Liberty, and what the statue means to people around the world.
Like most Americans, the Statue of 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.
Liberty: Mother of Exiles will look to explore the history of America’s greatest symbols of freedom as well as the challenges Lady Liberty has faced over the years and her impact on generations.
In addition, the project spotlights the descendants of Édouard de Laboulaye and Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, who also played key roles in the creation of the statue, along with the lives of individuals who have been touched by its presence, 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 scheduled to premiere this fall on HBO.
“Making this documentary on the history of the Statue of Liberty, and discovering the layers of passion that made it happen, has been an emotional journey,” said von Fürstenberg in a statement. “She truly is the symbol of freedom and her torch is a magic wand!”
“Lady Liberty, chains broken and striding forward, has become the symbol of the struggle for freedom all around the world,” added World of Wonder’s Bailey and Barbato. “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.”