"Letters From Baghdad"

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Voiced and executive produced by Academy award winning actor Tilda Swinton, this documentary about "the female Lawrence of Arabia" tells the dramatic story of the British spy, explorer and political powerhouse and the founding of the modern Middle East. Gertrude Bell traveled widely in Arabia before being recruited by British military intelligence to help draw the borders of Iraq after WWI. Using never-seen-before footage of the region, the film chronicles Bell's extraordinary journey into both the uncharted Arabian desert and the inner sanctum of British male colonial power. With unique access to documents from the Iraq National Library and Archive and Bell's own 1600 letters, the story is told entirely in the words of the players of the day, excerpted verbatim from intimate letters, private diaries and secret communiqués. 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.

Angelika New York: Q&As Friday 6/9 and Saturday 6/10 following the 7:30pm shows with executive producer Elizabeth Chandler

Lincoln Plaza Cinema: Q&A Saturday 6/10 after the 5:15pm show with executive producer Elizabeth Chandler.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017 (All day)


Various cinemas in New York, NY