Release date: October 1st, 2017
Run time: 1:35
Direction: Zeva Oelbaum, Sabine Krayenbühl
Synopsis: Letters from Baghdad tells the extraordinary and little-known story of Gertrude Bell, explorer, adventurer and British spy who is often dubbed the female “Lawrence of Arabia.” Some contend she was far more influential than her friend and colleague T.E. Lawrence in shaping the destiny of Iraq after World War I in ways that still reverberate today. The story is told entirely in Bell’s words, spoken by Tilda Swinton, and those of her contemporaries excerpted from their intimate letters, private diaries and official documents. She was the first person to climb all the peaks of the Engelhörner range in the Swiss Alps and the first woman to undertake a solo journey into the uncharted Arabian Desert, traveling by camel for 1,500 miles across Central Arabia in 1914. “4 Stars! Highest Rating! Feels fresh and modern. The filmmakers successfully transport the viewer to places such as Baghdad, Syria and London during the first two decades of the 20th century.” –G. Allen Johnson, S.F. Chron.