Film Screening and Discussion: "Letters from Baghdad"


Sunday, June 4, 4:30 - 7 p.m.
The Angelika Film Center, 18 W. Houston St. (at Mercer St.)

Join Brandeis and the Performing Arts Network at the NYC premiere of “Letters from Baghdad.” Following the screening, you are invited to an exclusive talk-back with the film's production team and producer Zeva Oelbaum '77

4:30 p.m. – Reception for Brandeis alumni at the Angelika Cafe
5:05 p.m. – Screening begins (run time is 90 minutes)
6:35 p.m. – Talk back with producer Zeva Oelbaum '77

Event Chair: Elle Getz '13
Tickets: $10 (non-refundable and will be distributed at the film center)

RSVP by June 2.

For questions, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at or 781-736-4057.

Voiced and executive produced by Academy Award-winning actor Tilda Swinton, "Letters from Baghdad" tells the extraordinary and dramatic story of British spy, explorer and political powerhouse Gertrude Bell, who was the most powerful woman in the British Empire in her day. Bell traveled widely in Arabia before being recruited by British military intelligence to help draw the borders of Iraq after World War I, establish the modern state of Iraq and reshape the modern Middle East in ways that still reverberate today. 

Using stunning, never-seen-before footage of the region from 100 years ago; rare documents from the Iraq National Library and Archive; and more than 1,600 letters written by Bell and her contemporaries, the film chronicles Bell’s extraordinary journey into both the uncharted Arabian desert and the inner sanctum of British male colonial power.  

"Letters from Baghdad" won the Audience Award at the Beirut International Film Festival and the Pomegranate Award for Directors at the New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival. It was an official selection of IDFA, BFI London Film Festival, DOCNYC and the Haifa Film Festival.

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