Over four million people visit the Statue of Liberty annually. The most photographed statue in the world, the statue’s meaning is universal and represents freedom, hope and protest to people throughout the world. LIBERTY: MOTHER OF EXILES, debuting THURSDAY, OCT. 17 (9:0010:30 p.m. ET/PT), casts new light on one of America’s most familiar symbols, revealing its little-known history, and celebrating it as an enduring beacon of hope for generations of immigrants.
The documentary will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and partners’ streaming platforms.
Directed and produced by Emmy® winners Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (HBO’s Emmy®-nominated “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures” and “Carrie Fisher: Wishful Drinking”), the documentary begins with the groundbreaking ceremony for a new museum at the base of the Statue of Liberty, and follows legendary designer Diane von Furstenberg, “godmother” to the statue, who led the museum’s fundraising campaign, in her quest to discover how sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi’s dream became a reality and what the statue has meant to generations of people worldwide. The film reveals the statue’s unexpected history – a story filled with many false starts as well as significant financial and technical challenges that were ultimately solved in innovative ways.