XY Chelsea

Directed by Tim Travers Hawkins
2019
92 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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A compelling new (and freshly poignant) insight into the world of military whistle-blower Chelsea Manning, as she leaves prison and endeavours to start a new life.

In January 2017, Chelsea's lawyer takes the call: President Obama, in his last days in office, has commuted her client's sentence to time served plus 120 days. Chelsea, who began gender transitioning while in prison, had been sentenced to 35 years for passing on nearly 750,000 classified US documents to WikiLeaks. The leaked information revealed illegal practices, including torture and abuse, engaged in by the US military in Iraq. After serving time, Chelsea now has to adjust to life outside jail – and as a woman. In this revealing documentary, she talks openly about her motivation behind releasing the documents, about her difficult years behind bars, her mental health, and finally her need to be herself.

The story of Chelsea Manning is still very much in process, and we are not going to understand some of its ramifications for years to come. This is a very difficult personal narrative to try to digest and make sense of, but at least 'XY Chelsea' makes for a start on this.
Dan Callahan, The Wrap

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Tue 11 June
6:30pm
Dendy Newtown
Past Event Cancel
Sun 16 June
6:45pm
Event Cinemas George St 3
Past Event Cancel
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Program Strand
International Documentaries
Year
2019
Classification
Unclassified 18+
Country
UK
Language
In English
Director
Tim Travers Hawkins
Producer
Julie Nottingham, Lucas Ochoa, Thomas Benski, Isabel Davis
Cinematographer
Tim Travers Hawkins
Editor
Enat Sidi, Andrea Scott
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Documentary, Crime, Gender & Sexuality, Human Rights, Politics & Economics, Biography, LGBTIQ Films
Company Credits
World Sales: Dogwoof
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