Showtime has released a first-look trailer for documentary XY Chelsea ahead of its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on May 1. XY Chelsea will premiere on Showtime on Friday, June 7 at 9 PM ET/PT.
Directed by Tim Travers Hawkins and executive produced by Oscar winner Laura Poitras (Risk, Citizenfour), XY Chelsea tells the historic story of whistle-blower Chelsea Manning, whose 35-year sentence in a maximum security prison was commuted by President Obama in 2017.
Manning was convicted in July 2013 of disclosing military and diplomatic secrets to Wikileaks in 2010.
Shot over two years and featuring exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes verité with Manning, the film begins on May 17, 2017, the day Manning left prison. It follows Manning through her journey of discovery, while also examining her place in the conversation on national security and the fight of the transgender community for rights and visibility.
Manning was arrested again in March of this year and remains in custody after refusing to testify in front of a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who was arrested in London on Thursday.
Hawkins followed Manning and her legal team as they fought to get her out of prison and for her to receive the necessary medical treatment for her gender dysphoria. Following two suicide attempts in 2016, Manning and her team tried to save her life with a long-shot request to President Obama for a commutation of her sentence before he left office. Cameras follow Manning’s fight for release and witness as she reveals herself to the world for the first time.
XY Chelsea is produced by Pulse Films and co-financed by the British Film Institute (BFI) and First Look Media’s Topic Studios and Field of Vision. Julia Nottingham, Thomas Benski, Lucas Ochoa and Isabel Davis of Pulse Films are producers. Poitras, Charlotte Cook, Mary Burke, Michael Bloom, Lisa Leingang, Sharon Chang, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Blaine Vess, Marisa Clifford and Ryan Harrington serve as executive producers.
Check out the trailer above.
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