“We have been steaming up the river all the morning, through a familiar landscape of palm groves and Arab huts with apricot trees blooming here and there in untidy mud and walled gardens – I’m so glad to see it all again and I feel as if I were in my own country once more…Now it remains to be seen whether they find a job for me or send me away without delay…”
Gertrude Bell, March 1916
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About the film…
Directed by Sabine Krayenbühl and Zeva Oelbaum, Letters From Baghdad tells the story of Gertrude Bell who left the confines of Edwardian England to seek freedom and independence in the Arabian desert and became the most powerful woman of her day in the British Empire. In the aftermath of WWI, Bell helped draw the borders of modern Iraq, was instrumental in installing its first king and founded the Iraq Museum that was infamously ransacked in 2003. The first feature-length documentary on Gertrude Bell, the film will explore the choices that trail blazing women make, and how decisions made by Bell and her colleagues continue to influence current events in the Middle East and the world today.
At top: Basrah ‘Ashar Creek, Iraq, 1916, Photograph by Gertrude Bell.
At middle: Gertrude Bell with King Faisal and British officers at Ctesiphon1921
Photographs courtesy of the Gertrude Bell Archives, Newcastle University