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Liberty Kid

Pensive, ambitious Derrick (Al Thompson) and his swaggering, impulsive friend Tico (Kareem SaviƱon) are Brooklyn-based high school dropouts working a hot dog stand at the Statue of Liberty when history overtakes them on September 11, 2001. Thrown out of work by the closing of Liberty Island, they meander into low-level drug slinging and a comically inept insurance scam. Then a rift in their friendship leaves Derrick vulnerable to the blandishments of U.S. Army recruiters. With low-key naturalism, writer-director Ilya Chaiken wrings a wealth of psychological nuance and sociological texture from her minuscule budget and unknown cast. This is what indie filmmaking should be. 93 min.

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