Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival
The Chelsea Manning story is one of the surprising stories of whilstle-blowing (or perhaps espionage?) the world has seen in recent years.
First a US Army soldier Bradley Manning then a military analyst, in 2013 Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking 750,000 classified documents to Wikileaks – the biggest leak of classified documents in history. In August of 2013, Manning announced that she was in fact a woman with the name of Chelsea and what was already a sensational case become that much more unusual.
This excellent and acclaimed film looks at Manning’s life and is there at some of the defining moments of her legal struggle and ultimate release. In capturing these moments, director Tim Travers Hawkins also captures some deep and quiet personal observations as Manning adjusts to freedom and life on the outside in literally a new body.
There’s a lovely sensitive feel to this film which also has a sense of “Citizenfour” about it in its simple honesty in the midst of an incredibly complex issue.
Screens with the short film A Rare Breed.