One of the photos of Bell in the Middle East used in "Letters from Baghdad." Photo courtesy of Between the Rivers Productions
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The documentary "Letters from Baghdad" had its first screening in the country Monday, drawing loud applause from an audience stocked with academics, diplomats and journalists. The film tells the story of Gertrude Bell, the British writer, explorer, spy and political officer who helped shape post-Ottoman Iraq. With a script taken entirely from Bell's letters and official documents, read by British actress Tilda Swinton, the 2016 documentary shows hitherto unseen footage of Iraq as it was being pulled together into a new state.The film explains the key decisions made by Bell as a political officer in the British colonial administration ruling Iraq after World War One.After the projection at the National Theater in Baghdad, Mustafa Salim, an Iraqi journalist with the Washington Post in Baghdad, gave the documentary a thumbs up, though he was disappointed that so much of the documentary focused on Bell's private life.
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