Letters From Baghdad – smARTfilms: Pen Pals
Gertrude Bell, sometimes called the female “Lawrence of Arabia,” was actually more influential and famous in her day than her colleague Lawrence. Bell was an explorer, spy, archaeologist and diplomat who helped shape the Middle East after World War I. In this PBS Documentary, narrated by Tilda Swinton, the story is told in the words of Bell and her contemporaries, chronicling Bell’s extraordinary journey into the uncharted Arabian desert and the inner sanctum of British Colonial power. Using excerpts from letters, private diaries, and official documents, the film takes us into a past that is eerily current.
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