Video Essay


An excerpt commissioned by Guernica Magazine:

Field Visits for Chelsea Manning is a first-person travelogue that revisits the locations where Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst, was detained from 2010-11. The one-hour video takes viewers through Kuwait, Virginia, Kansas, and Maryland.

Using the concept of mosaic theory—an American intelligence-gathering technique, which employs the collection of disparate pieces of information in order to craft a larger picture or narrative—Wakeling charts a highly personal, imagined geography of the areas surrounding Manning’s geo-detention sites.

Rather than directly address Manning’s fate after the release of classified documents to Wikileaks, the narrative unfolds through a series of serendipitous collisions between the filmmaker and current events, such as a Civil War reenactment, a barbershop quartet dressed as prisoners, and drinking coffee in a business park for national security contractors.


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