Tuesday, March 11th at 7 p.m.
Join filmmakers Zeva Oelbaum and Sabine Krayenbuhl for a screening and discussion about their work-in-progress documentary - Letters from Baghdad – the story of trailblazer Gertrude Bell.
Adventurer, spy and diplomat, Gertrude Bell left the confines of Edwardian England to seek freedom and independence in the Arabian desert and became the most powerful woman in the British Empire. In the aftermath of World War I, she drew the borders of Iraq, installed its first king, and founded the Baghdad Museum of Antiquities. Bell left behind a rich cache of letters and photographs that document her extraordinary experiences in the Middle East in the early 20th century and reveal a complex woman grappling with the challenge of making her mark in a world being rapidly transformed by major political and social events.
Oelbaum and Krayenbuhl will discuss how the film, the first feature-length documentary on Gertrude Bell, explores the choices that trail blazing women almost always have to make, and specific to Bell, how circumstance and personality came together to create a woman who turned her back on comfort and privilege in the pursuit of knowledge, power and the passion for making a difference. They will also discuss how the decisions that Bell and her British colleagues made in the formation of the modern state of Iraq continue to influence current events in the Middle East today.
Executive Producer Elizabeth Chandler grew up in Darien and is a graduate of Darien High School.
Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).