Manning was was sentenced to 35 years at a maximum-security prison for leaking classified military information to WikiLeaks in 2013. Four years later, then-President Barack Obama commuted Manning’s sentence as one of the final acts of his presidency.
The documentary, which will have its world premiere at Tribeca, follows Manning as she prepares her transition to living life for the first time as a free woman. Hawkins was granted exclusive and intimate access to Manning after her release from military prison.
Produced by Pulse Films, “Xy Chelsea” will air on Showtime in North America in June, following its release in the U.K. on May 24.
“‘Xy Chelsea’ is a challenging documentary that speaks to many troubling phenomena of our times,