Letters From Baghdad
Rafael 2Fri, May 12 9:15 PM Not Available
Film Info
Running Time:95 min.
Director:Zeva Oelbaum
Sabine Krayenbühl
Producer:Zeva Oelbaum
Cinematographer:Gary Clarke
Petr Hlinomaz
Editor:Sabine Krayenbühl
Cast:Tilda Swinton
Rose Leslie
Andrew Havill
Rachel Stirling
Note Writer:Melissa Howden

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

Additional Information

Sabine Krayenbühl is an award-winning editor with over 20 theatrical documentaries and narrative features to her credit, many of which have premiered at prestigious festivals around the world. Her work includes the Oscar®- and Independent Spirit Award-nominated film My Architect; Mad Hot Ballroom; The Bridge, produced by IFC; Picasso and Braque go to the Movies, produced by Martin Scorsese; Virgin Tales; Ahead of Time; Jennifer Fox’s Emmy®-nominated My Reincarnation; Salinger; and Eric Steel’s Kiss the Water, co-produced by BBC Films. Krayenbühl has a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a long-term member of New York Women in Film and Television.

Zeva Oelbaum is an award-winning producer and photographer. She recently produced Ahead of Time, a feature-length documentary about centenarian journalist Ruth Gruber, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival before receiving six Best Documentary awards. The film opened theatrically across the U.S. and was broadcast on Showtime. She comes to film from an internationally recognized career as a still photographer, and her work has been extensively published in periodicals such as The New York Times Magazine. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Brandeis University and a member of the Producers Guild.