Letters From Baghdad
Thu 01 Jan 1970 - Thu 01 Jan 1970
Dir. Sabine Krayenbühl, Zeva Oelbaum. USA, UK, France, 95 mins, 2016.
The extraordinary and dramatic story of British spy, explorer and political powerhouse Gertrude Bell, the most powerful woman in the British Empire in her day. Using stunning, never-before-seen footage and voiced by Academy award winning actor Tilda Swinton, this fascinating documentary tells of a life in the Middle East after World War I, and actions which still reverberate to this day.
The film chronicles her extraordinary journey into both the uncharted Arabian desert and the inner sanctum of British colonial power. What makes the film stand apart is that the story is told entirely in the words of Gertrude Bell and her contemporaries, excerpted from their intimate letters, private diaries and official documents. It is a unique look at both a remarkable woman and the tangled history of Iraq. The film takes us into a past that is eerily current.