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Miami Premiere Engagement! LETTERS FROM BAGHDAD documentary by Zeva Oelbaum and Sabine Krayenbuhl

  • 22 Jul 2017
  • 8:45 PM - 10:15 PM
  • Miami Beach Cinematheque at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave, South Beach
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SAT, JULY 22, 8:45p:

Miami Premiere Engagement!

From producers

Thelma Schoonmaker and Tilda Swinton


Documentary by Zeva Oelbaum and Sabine Krayenbuhl

Featuring Tilda Swinton as the voice of Gertrude Bell

Letters from Baghdad is the story of a true original—Gertrude Bell—sometimes called the “female” Lawrence of Arabia. Voiced and executive produced by Academy award winning actor Tilda Swinton, 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-seen-before footage of the region, 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.

★★★★ The female Lawrence of Arabia."- BBC 

★★★★ Gertrude Bell gets the documentary she deserves."-The Gurdian

★★★★ Extraordinary!”- The Times 

"In an age of a rebooted "Wonder Woman," [Gertrude] Bell is the real thing, intrepid, fierce and smart...her wanderings through Syria and Iraq in the early 1900s were as vital to deciphering the region as those of her more celebrated male counterpart T.E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia." - Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times

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