Chelsea Manning doc debuts with its subject imprisoned again

NEW YORK (AP) — The filmmakers of “XY Chelsea” envisioned a more celebratory premiere for their Chelsea Manning documentary.

Director Tim Travers Hawkins worked for the last three years on the film, capturing the former intelligence analyst’s exit from prison and re-entry to civilian life in 2017 after President Barack Obama commuted the remaining years of her 35-year prison term after serving seven years.

But Manning was jailed again in March after being found in contempt for refusing to answer questions before a grand jury about WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange.

That meant Hawkins had to frantically recut his film before its premiere Wednesday night at the Tribeca Film Festival. And Manning, naturally, was no longer able to attend.

“XY Chelsea” will air on Showtime on June 7 after a limited theatrical run.

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