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Shot over two years and featuring exclusive interviews and behind the scenes verite with Chelsea Manning, this documentary 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.
Since 2014, filmmaker Tim Travers Hawkins has 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, Chelsea 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. This film is the journey of her fight for survival and dignity, and her transition from prisoner to a free woman.


Type of film
Tim Travers Hawkins
Thomas Benski, Julia Nottingham, Lucas Ochoa
Executive Producer
Mary Burke, Laura Poitras, Charlotte Cook, Blaine Vess
Enat Sid, Andrea Scott
Tim Travers Hawkins
Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans
Music Supervisor
Phil Canning

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Last updated 10th September 2018

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A Pulse Films (UK) production in association with Ford Foundation (US), Sundance Institute (US) with support of BFI Film Fund (UK)

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