Warm Wishes for a Joyous Journey into the New Year
The Letters From Baghdad Team
100 Years Ago…
“I hear on X-mas Day there was almost the peace of God. Scarcely a shot was fired, the men came out of the trenches and mixed together, and at one place there was even a game of football between the enemies. Strange isn’t it?“
Gertrude Bell, December 27, 1914
In November 1914, Gertrude Bell volunteered for the Red Cross in Boulogne, France to help trace the missing and wounded. A major base of British military operations, the port of Boulogne was in close proximity to the trenches where the Christmas Truce of 1914 occurred. The now mythologized truce – an unofficial ceasefire between British and German troops – is revered by many for its glimmer of humanity during an otherwise dark time.
Letters from Baghdad wins coveted grants…
Letters from Baghdad was one of only two films awarded a production grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The NEH’s Bridging Cultures through Film program “supports films that examine international themes and subjects…and are meant to spark Americans’ engagement with the broader world by exploring countries and cultures outside of the United States.” We greatly appreciate our partnership with the NEH and its ongoing support for the film.
We are also excited to report that Letters from Baghdad has received a grant from the New York State Council for the Arts, an organization that is“dedicated to preserving and expanding the rich and diverse cultural resources that are and will become the heritage of New York’s citizens.”
Thank you so much for your support!
We could not have come this far without your very generous support. 2015 is going to be an exciting year for us and we are so pleased that you are making the journey with us! We hope that you will visit our new website and continue to spread the word about Letters From Baghdad through Facebook and Twitter.
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.
Photography courtesy of the Gertrude Bell Archives, Newcastle
Top – Gertrude Bell Archives, Newcastle University