XY Chelsea

Screening:  13/12/2020 / 18:00h

Tim Travers Hawkins / UK / 2019 / 92′

Director: Tim Travers Hawkins
Screenplay:  Mark Monroe
Editor: Andrea B. Scott, Enat Sidi
Sound: Joe Fletcher, Karl Mainzer
Music: Jehnny Beth
Production:  Pulse Films
Producers: Julia Nottingham, Lucas Ochoa, Thomas Benski, Isabel Davis
Starring: Chelsea Manning, Nancy Hollander, Vincent J. Ward, Chase Strangio, Lisa Rein, Christina DiPasquale, Susan Manning, Janus Kopfstein, Kelly Wright


How was the war in Iraq found on deception end with the court-marshal of the one who told the truth?  This is the question that the movies ‘XY Chelsea’ is trying to respond by following Chelsea Manning as she leaves prison after seven years inside, and begins a new life. At the same time, she has to deal with the far-reaching consequences of her past – the historic leaks of 750,000 confidential documents of the US Government that lead to her prison sentences and the unintended celebrity status of a notorious whistle-blower and transitioning to become the woman she has always known herself to be. This exciting and provocative documentary enlightens events before and after the trial, being also a portrait of a polarizing figure who resisted an unlawful ruler.


Tim Travers Hawkins is an award-winning independent director, cinematographer and multimedia artist. He co-founded the award-winning Colombian experimental film collective Cinemachete, whose work included El Otro Lado de La Cienaga (2007), Oury Jalloh (2008), and Posh (2010). Further credits include the acclaimed animated film 1000 Voices (2009), Surpriseville (2010), and the interactive project Invisible Picture Show (2013).

FESTIVALS and awards

Cinema Eye Honors 2020 – award in the category The Unforgettables
New & Documentary Emmy Awards 2020
Tribeca Film Festival 2019
Hot Docs 2019
IDFA 2019
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019
DocPoint 2019
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2019
Zürichu Film Festival 2019
Sydney Film Festival 2019
DokuFest 2019
QDoc Film Festival 2019
American Film Festival 2019