Letters from Baghdad (DVD)
Directed by Zeva Oelbaum and Sabine Krayenbuhlm, Gertrude Bell was a pioneering English writer, archaeologist, diplomat and spy whose travels through the Arabian desert gave her local knowledge unparalleled by her British peers. Recruited by British Military Intelligence after World War I, she played a significant often unrecognised role in British imperial policy-making in the Middle East, notably Iraq. Openly critical of colonial practices, Bell s insights are a singular, prescient prism through which to understand both the Middle East and the all-male inner sanctum of British colonial power. Reflecting on the life, work and character of this remarkable woman, Oelbaum and Krayenbhl weave together a rich tapestry of fascinating archive alongside Bell s writings, letters to her parents voiced by Tilda Swinton, and testimony from peers including TE Lawrence and Vita Sackville-West. Though writing a century ago, the acute contemporary relevance of Bell s words is astonishing at times even chilling.
Running Time: 95 minutes
Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
Release Date: 26 Jun. 2017
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