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Letters from Baghdad

Synopsis
Biographical documentary about the explorer, cartographer, photographer, archaeologist and ethnographer Gertrude Bell, who travelled 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 and Bell’s own photographic archive, the film chronicles her extraordinary journey into both the uncharted Arabian desert and the inner sanctum of British male colonial power. Tilda Swinton is the voice of Bell off the screen, and a small cast of actors play some of the key people who knew her, including T.E. Lawrence.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2017
Availability
Online
Subjects
Archaeology; History; Women’s studies
Keywords
cartography; documentary films; Iraq; film footage; Bell, Gertrude

Online availability

URI
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06ZYGP8SK
Delivery
Streamed/Download

Credits

Director
Sabine Krayenbuhl; Zeva Oelbaum
Contributor
Tilda Swinton

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£7.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
95 minutes
Year
2017

Production Company

Name

Between the Rivers Productions

Email
info@lettersfrombaghdad.com
Web
http://lettersfrombaghdadthemovie.com External site opens in new window

Distributor

Name

Verve Pictures

Email
contactviva@vivaverve.com
Web
http://www.vivaverve.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7299 3680
Address
Viva Verve Shop
79-80 Margaret Street
London
W1W 8TA
Notes
Verve Pictures is an independent UK specialist film distributor, with particular emphasis on British and independent films. As an off-shoot of Verve, Drakes Avenue Pictures distributes independent films on DVD, with a special interest in contemporary arthouse and foreign films. A companion website http://www.vervepics.com/ also gives details of current and past releases. Sale direct or via retail outlets.

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