Letters from Baghdad

By robin askew, Sunday Mar 26, 2017

Sabine Krayenbühl, Zeva Oelbaum
Running Time
95 mins

English writer, adventurer, archaeologist, diplomat and spy Gertrude Bell has been described as “the female Lawrence of Arabia”, though in fact she was more influential than her chum T.E. Recruited by English military intelligence after WWI, Gertrude was fiercely critical of colonial policy and became a key figure in shaping the modern Middle East, helping to draw the borders of Iraq.

Co-directors Sabine Krayenbühl and Zeva Oelbaum tell her fascinating story through archive footage and her own writings, voiced by Tilda Swinton. Go here for our full review.


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