XY Chelsea, dir. Tim Travers Hawkins, USA 2019, 92 min., English
After instigating the largest leak of classified records in US history, Chelsea Manning was sentenced to 35 years behind bars in an all-male military prison. But in January of 2017, in an unprecedented move, Barack Obama commuted her sentence to seven years.
XY Chelsea follows Manning as she leaves prison and begins a new life while navigating the far-reaching consequences of her past. The film is an intimate portrait of a fascinating, unique and complex woman, a true rebel and outsider, who, after making history, must negotiate her unintended celebrity status as the world’s most notorious whistle-blower and reckon with a divided America.