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Field Visits for Chelsea Manning

February 3, 2014

An excerpt from Lance Wakeling’s upcoming film, which features the locations where the former Army intelligence analyst was detained.

Lance Wakeling, Field Visits for Chelsea Manning (Excerpt), 2014 Video, color, sound, 1:50 minutes

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.


Lance Wakeling lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. His videos are available at

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