- Jul 27, 2017
- Jul 28, 2017
More than anyone else, she [Gertrude Bell] is credited with creating modern Iraq – drawing its borders, choosing its king – after the upheavals of World War I. – Tim Arango, Baghdad Bureau Chief, The New York Times, 6/26/2014 Letters from Baghdad is the story of a true original, Gertrude Bell, sometimes called the female Lawrence of Arabia. The film tells the dramatic story of this British spy, explorer, and political powerhouse. Bell traveled widely in Arabia before being recruited by British military intelligence during WWI to help draw the borders of Iraq and, as a result, helped shape the modern Middle East. Using stunning, never-sceen-before footage of the region, the film chronicles Bell’s extraordinary journey into both the uncharted Arabian desert and the inner sanctum of British colonial power. The story is told entirely in the words of Gertrude Bell, voiced by Tilda Swinton. The film transports the audience into a past that is eerily current. 2017. 1h35m.