Diane von Fürstenberg
Diane von Fürstenberg at the Vanity Fair party for the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.

Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg is on a quest to explore the story of the iconic Statue of Liberty in the new documentary Liberty: Mother of Exiles. From Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato of World of Wonder (HBO’s Emmy(R)-nominated “Carrie Fisher: Wishful Drinking,”) the documentary follows 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. Liberty: Mother of Exiles will debut on HBO this fall.

Liberty: Mother of Exiles 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.

“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,” comments Diane von Furstenberg. “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” say directors and producers Fenton Bailey and Randy 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.”

Liberty: Mother of Exiles 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.

Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato are the founders of World of Wonder Productions. In addition to the Emmy(R)-nominated “Carrie Fisher: Wishful Drinking,” their HBO and CINEMAX credits include the Emmy(R)-nominated “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures,” as well as “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” “Monica in Black and White” and “Party Monster.”

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