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Letters from Baghdad tells the extraordinary and dramatic story of Gertrude Bell, the most powerful woman in the British Empire in her day. An explorer and political powerhouse, Bell shaped the destiny of Iraq after World War I in ways that still reverberate today. More influential than her friend and colleague T.E. Lawrence,  Bell was an outspoken critic of the policies of the British colonial office. 


Photo © Brigitte Lacombe

Directed by Zeva Oelbaum and Sabine Krayenbühl

In coproduction with YUZU Productions and Missing in Action Films

Voiced and Executive Produced by Tilda Swinton


“You emerge from the film…thrilled to hear of a woman who, ignoring the dictates of the age, filled her days to overflowing…Is it too late to follow Gertrude Bell’s example?”

- Anthony Lane, The New Yorker

- The Guardian

”Gertrude Bell gets the documentary she deserves”

“…intrepid traveler and influential Arabist Gertrude Bell…needed her reputation rescued from Werner Herzog’s ill-advised effort. In stepped directors Zeva Oelbaum and Sabine Krayenbühl with “Letters From Baghdad”

”you might be forgiven for wondering why David Lean…didn’t choose Gertrude Bell...

- G.Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle

instead of T.E. Lawrence”

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