1hr 35mins

UK 2016

Cert PG

Gertrude Lowthian Bell, sometimes called “the female Lawrence of Arabia” was a British adventurer, archaeologist and political powerhouse. Recruited by British Military Intelligence after World War I, she played a significant role in British imperial policy-making in the Middle East, notably Iraq. Voiced and executive produced by Tilda Swinton, the film chronicles Bell’s journey into the uncharted Arabian desert and all-male halls of colonial power with never-seen-before archival footage of the region shot a century ago. The film takes us into a past that is eerily current.

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