Letters from Baghdad – documentary on Gertrude Bell (June 30 – July 6)

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Letters from Baghdad – documentary on Gertrude Bell (June 30 – July 6)

June 30, 2017
July 1, 2017
July 2, 2017
July 3, 2017
July 4, 2017
July 5, 2017
July 6, 2017

Letters from Baghdad tells the extraordinary and dramatic story of Gertrude Bell, the most powerful woman in the British Empire in her day. She shaped the destiny of Iraq afer World War I in ways that still reverberate today. More influential than her friend and colleague Lawrence of Arabia, why has she been written out of the history she helped make? With narration by Tilda Swinton.


Letters from Baghdad is the story of a true original—Gertrude Bell—sometimes called the “female” Lawrence of Arabia. Voiced and executive produced by Academy award winning actor Tilda Swinton, the documentary tells the dramatic story of this British spy, explorer and political powerhouse. 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.


Critic Quotes:

“The result is something that feels fresh and modern.” – San Francisco Chronicle
“In an age of a rebooted “Wonder Woman,” Bell is the real thing, intrepid, fierce and smart.” – Los Angeles Times
“A carefully researched documentary that uses an extraordinary wealth of appealing archival footage accompanied by Tilda Swinton’s voiceover as Bell.” – Variety
“Tilda Swinton is the perfect choice to read the letters of Gertrude Bell – archeologist, explorer, mountaineer and spy.” – Time Out



Runtime: 95 minutes

Rating: UR

Directors: Zeva Oelbaum, Sabine Krayenbühl

Country: UK / USA

Languages: English



Friday, June 30: 5:00

Saturday, July 1: 11:00AM, 10:15

Sunday, July 2: 1:20, 5:40

Monday, July 3: 1:15, 7:55

Tuesday, July 4: 11:00AM

Wednesday, July 5: 1:15, 3:15

Thursday, July 6: 11:00AM, 10:15



$11 General Admission / $8.50 Students & Seniors / $7.50 Members. Tickets available at box office or online:

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