Letters from Baghdad tells the story of the extraordinary and intrepid adventurer Gertrude Bell. Raised in upper-class British society, Gertrude found her true home in Arabia, traveling in uncharted desert territory at the turn of the 20th century for months at a time. Gertrude’s vast knowledge of the territories, tribes, people and languages there led to her recruitment by British Military Intelligence during WWI, ultimately becoming one of the most politically powerful figures—and the only woman—of British colonial rule in the region we now refer to as the Middle East. Voiced by Tilda Swinton, Gertrude chronicles her life story, trials and travels through her original letters, diaries and official documents. Cinematically exquisite with never-before-seen archival footage and Gertrude’s own photographs, the film is stunning in its evocation of another time and place, a century past, though the issues and themes remain remarkably prescient and resonant today.
In Person: Executive Producer Elizabeth Chandler