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About This Project


Wednesday, October 4, 2017 | 2:30 PM
Wheeler Opera House
320 E Hyman Ave, Aspen, CO 81611

Sunday, October 8, 2017 | 5:30 PM
The Crystal Theatre
427 Main Street, Carbondale, CO 81623


Letters from Baghdad is the story of a true original—Gertrude Bell—sometimes called the “female” Lawrence of Arabia. The film tells the dramatic story of this British spy, explorer and political powerhouse. Bell traveled widely in Arabia before being recruited by British military intelligence during WWI to help draw the borders of Iraq and as a result helped shape the modern Middle East. Using stunning, never-seen-before footage of the region, the film chronicles her extraordinary journey into both the uncharted Arabian desert and the inner sanctum of British colonial power. The sto­ry is told entirely in the words of Gertrude Bell and her contemporaries, excerpted from their intimate letters, private diaries and official documents. It is a unique look at both a complex woman and a long-vanished world. The film takes us into a past that is eerily current. (USA, UK, France, 2017) Q&A with special guest Zeva Oelbaum.


Director  Zeva Oelbaum and Sabine Krayenbühl

With Tilda Swinton


Run Time: 1 hr 33 min.