Magazine article Variety

Manning Doc Bows Sales on the Croisette

Magazine article Variety

Manning Doc Bows Sales on the Croisette

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CHELSEA MANNING, THE former U.S. Army intelligence analyst who leaked confidential material to WikiLeaks, will be the subject of a new documentary, "XY Chelsea."

The filmmakers, who have been granted unique access to Manning and have already spent two years shooting the project, will be on hand today, cameras in tow, when Manning is released from a maximum- security U.S. military prison. They will present footage to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival in hopes of securing a worldwide deal. Josh Braun from Submarine will launch worldwide sales at Cannes.

In 2010, Manning, a trans woman, was sentenced to serve 35 years at an all-men's military prison for leaking information about the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including highly embarrassing diplomatic cables and videos of airstrikes. Manning's sentences was the longest given to any whistleblower in the country's history. …

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