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Letters from Baghdad
Start Date: 9/4/2017Start Time: 4:00 PM
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Event Description:

One of the best films of this year

A film by Sabine Krayenbühl and Zeva Oelbaum
Cast: Tilda Swinton, Robert Ian Mackenzie, Michael Higgs and Eric Loscheider (as Lawrence of Arabia)
UK, US, France | 2016 | 95 min | History, Biopic | Not Rated

Letters from Baghdad is the story of a true original—Gertrude Bell—sometimes called the “female” Lawrence of Arabia. Voiced and executive produced by Academy award winning actress Tilda Swinton, the documentary tells the dramatic story of this British spy, explorer and political powerhouse. Bell traveled 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, the film chronicles Bell’s extraordinary journey into both the uncharted Arabian desert and the inner sanctum of British male colonial power. With unique access to documents from the Iraq National Library and Archive and Gertrude Bell’s own 1600 letters, the story is told entirely in the words of the players of the day, excerpted verbatim from intimate letters, private diaries and secret communiqués. It is a unique look at both a remarkable woman and the tangled history of Iraq. The film takes us into a past that is eerily current.

Executive Producers: Tilda Swinton and (Martin Scorcese’s long-time editor) Thelma Schoonmaker
Cinematography: Gary Clarke, Petr Hlinomaz
Music: Paul Cantelon
Editing: Sabine Krayenbühl

2016 Beirut International Film Festival:
Won, Best Feature Film
2016 BFI London Film Festival: Official Selection
2016 Doc NYC: Official Selection
2016 IDFA, Amsterdam: Official Selection
2017 Cleveland International Film Festival: Official Selection

“Gertrude Bell gets the documentary she deserves.” – Leslie Felperin, The Guardian | full review

“In an age of a rebooted Wonder Woman, Bell is the real thing, intrepid, fierce and smart.” – Jeffrey Fleishman, LA Times | full review

“It provides a sturdy, often exhilarating bridge between the present and a past that not only isn't distant, but isn't even really past.” - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post | full review

Letters succeeds best in fleshing out Bell’s emotional depths, balancing charges of arrogance with glimpses into two probably unconsummated passions.” – Jay Weissberg, Variety | full review

“Letters from Baghdad
is one of the rare documentaries which is in itself an aesthetic achievement.” -
Nathanael Hood, The Express (UKaaaaaaaaaa0 | full review


Location Information:
Tower Theater  (View Map)
1508 S.W. 8th Street
Miami, FL 33135
Phone: (305) 643-8706
Contact Information:
Name: Orlando Rojas
Phone: (305) 237-2463
Admission Information
11.50, General admission
$ 9, Seniors, Non-MDC Students, MDC Staff
$ 7, MDC students, Tower Theater and Miami Film Society members
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Free parking available behind the theater
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