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Liberty Kid (2007)

Two friends a concession stand at the foot of the Statue of Liberty. After the World Trade Center terrorist attack, each of their dreams go up in smoke and yet they must endure the effect the attacks has on their lives.


Ilya Chaiken


Ilya Chaiken

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Credited cast:
Al Thompson ... Derrick
Kareem Savinon ... Tico
Anny Mariano Anny Mariano
Rayniel Rufino ... Mike
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jarrett Alexander Jarrett Alexander ... Raheem
Ephraim Benton Ephraim Benton ... Milton's Driver
Laurence Blum ... Police Officer #1
Erica Camarano ... Denice's Friend
Jack Caruso ... Prison Warden
Angel Dillemuth ... Student Drug Buyer
Jack Fitz ... Midwestern Tourist
Alice Goguen Alice Goguen ... Clumsy Party Girl
Tom Greer ... Officer #2
Jay Gutierrez ... Park Goer
Andrew Hillmedo Jr. Andrew Hillmedo Jr. ... Santos's Accomplice


In Ilya Chaikin's LIBERTY KID, childhood friends Derrick (Al Thompson) and Tico (Kareem Saviñon) occupy a high school dropout limbo operating a concession stand at the foot of the Statue of Liberty. Tico's ambitions reach no further than collecting the next paycheck or pretty girl's phone number, while Derrick has his eyes on a different prize. But when the World Trade Center terrorist attack plunges their lives, their community, and their country into chaos, Derrick's vision of a college-educated future goes up in smoke in the first of many incidences of personal collateral damage both he and Tico must endure. Written by Anonymous

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9 January 2008 (USA) See more »


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$200,000 (estimated)
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Coming of Age in Post-9/11-Era New York City
16 January 2012 | by cspcsm8188See all my reviews

Liberty Kid tells the story of best friends Derrick and Tico, a pair of young Latinos struggling to make it in, and in Derrick's case out of, the tough streets of Brooklyn. Their lives are dramatically altered by the events of 9/11, leaving them without a job when Liberty Island is closed indefinitely. Tico is content to just "live in the moment," but Derrick has a "vision." But while their mentalities may point them in different directions, circumstances lead them back into the streets.

Writer-director Ilya Chaiken rounds out her characters very well and keeps the atmosphere subdued but very real. The soundtrack gives voice to Derrick and Tico's suppressed thoughts and feelings and the cinematography is without frills, taking care not to disturb the action and letting the story naturally unfold.

This is a small-budget film with a big heart that provides a window into the world of young urbanites coming of age in the post-9/11 era. Liberty Kid is an unsentimental realist portrayal that handles its subject matter with respect and without prejudice.

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