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Letters from Baghdad
Tilda Swinton narrates the extraordinary journey of Gertrude Bell, a singular woman who played a significant – often unrecognised – role in British imperial policy making in Iraq.
Documentary 2016 91 mins
Director: Sabine Krayenbühl
Gertrude Bell was a pioneering English writer, archaeologist, diplomat and spy whose travels through the Arabian desert gave her local knowledge unparalleled by her British peers. Recruited by British Military Intelligence after World War I, she played a significant - often unrecognised - role in British imperial policy-making in the Middle East, notably Iraq. Openly critical of colonial practices, Bell's insights are a singular, prescient prism through which to understand both the Middle East and the all-male inner sanctum of British colonial power.
Reflecting on the life, work and character of this remarkable woman, Sabine Krayenbühl and Zeva Oelbaum weave together a rich tapestry of fascinating archive alongside Bell's writings, letters to her parents voice by Tilda Swinton, and testimony from peers including TE Lawrence and Vita Sackville-West. Though writing a century ago, the acute contemporary relevance of Bell's words is astonishing - at times even chilling.
Our New President
Documentary 2018 78 mins Director: Maxim Pozdorovkin
The Russian media's obsession with the election of Donald Trump is told entirely through clips, in this fascinating essay on news bias, pop culture and the power of images.
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Power in Our Hands
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Featuring Tilda Swinton
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