First Trailer for 'XY Chelsea' Documentary Profiling Chelsea Manning

May 3, 2019
Source: YouTube

XY Chelsea Trailer

"I wanted to be treated like a human being." Showtime + Dogwoof have debuted an official trailer for the indie documentary XY Chelsea, which just premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The doc film is a look at the life and experiences of Chelsea Manning, a trans woman soldier in the United States Army, who was sentenced to serve 35 years at an all-male military prison for leaking information about the country's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Everyone knows her name, but how many people really know her real story? Who she really is? Not only does it cover her story about getting data out to Wikileaks, it also examines her place in the conversation on national security and the fight of the transgender community for rights and visibility.

Here's the two official trailers (+ a poster) for Tim Travers Hawkins' doc XY Chelsea, from YouTube:

XY Chelsea Poster

Shot over two years and featuring exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes verité with Manning, the film picks up on the momentous day in May when she leaves prison and follows her 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. XY Chelsea is directed by documentary filmmaker Tim Travers Hawkins, making his feature directorial debut after a few other short films previously. This just premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this month. Hawkins' XY Chelsea documentary will next premiere on Showtime streaming exclusively starting June 7th this summer. For more info, stop by Showtime's website.

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Traitor, whatever sex he/she identifies as.

SteadyEddieTX on May 3, 2019



Efterklang on May 3, 2019


Treason is a virtue of 21th century ...

shiboleth on May 4, 2019


Agreed. Her & Snowden, decided the SF312 they each signed & chain of command didn't mean anything. I don't have a problem with what they wanted to whistle-blow, I have a problem with the *how* they blew the whistle.

VAharleywitch on May 9, 2019


It must be hard to be her. A brave person in so many respects ...

shiboleth on May 3, 2019


It's hard being anyone, if you think about it. Brave? I don't know. There seems to be just a bit too much pathology here for me to embrace.

thespiritbo on May 3, 2019


Yes, brave. Of course, you and me would hardly take the road he/she took, but it takes a courage to do that. To question the policy of army and the state you're living in. What is pathological about it is not him/her, but everything around such persona. And it takes a courage to take some action connected with all that ...

shiboleth on May 4, 2019


You state, "To question the policy of army and the state you're living in"...and that that takes courage. Well said, thanks for the excellent explanation and I've no disagreement with it at all. All the other he/she stuff I haven't been able to wrap my head around to this day. I've no judgments on it, even if I suspect some pathology around it...but having said that, I am happy I've not that to contend with or deal with myself. I'm a guy and always have been, but spiritually speaking I've no clue who "I" am...or where I came from...or who was I before I was born. Cheers!

thespiritbo on May 4, 2019


no, this guy is not brave. disturbed and disillusioned maybe - but not brave.

dan on May 6, 2019


Or just the reflection of disturbed and disillusioned environment. And still brave enough to look in the face of it ...

shiboleth on May 7, 2019


i guess you've never heard of free will.

dan on May 7, 2019


That's why you know so little. You're just guessing things ...

shiboleth on May 8, 2019


and just when i thought you couldn't be any more foolish - you up the ante. i'm done with your nonsense.

dan on May 8, 2019


Well, that's an elegant excuse for not knowing anything. I absolutely support you in your decision, let's not get too far with this phony discussion. Unfortunately, it obviously can't become any version of it ...

shiboleth on May 9, 2019


All this is just too weird for me...and I'm an old radical hippie....hmmmmmm.....

thespiritbo on May 3, 2019


"I didn't know who I was and I needed meaning..." 'nuff said.

DAVIDPD on May 6, 2019

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