Give Me Liberty is a refreshing take on the immigrant experience. Adopting a kinetic, pseudo-documentary style, Russian-born director Kirill Mikhanovsky tells the story of a medical transport driver (Chris Galust) and his frantic attempts to escort his ailing grandfather to a funeral. A young woman (Lauren ‘Lolo’ Spencer) with ALS is swept into the action as their journey takes sharp turns into comedy and pathos. Set in Milwaukee, the film conveys in the most immediate terms the feeling of living on the fringes of an American city fighting for its survival.

Monica Film Center (also playing at the Playhouse 7 and Town Center 5), 1332 2nd St., Santa Monica, Fri., Aug. 30, various showtimes; $9-$12. (310)-478-3836.