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Letters from Baghdad is a movie starring Tilda Swinton, Michael Higgs, and Eric Loscheider. Gertrude Bell, the most powerful woman in the British Empire in her day, shaped the destiny of Iraq after WWI in ways that still reverberate...

Genres
Documentary
Director
Zeva Oelbaum, Sabine Krayenbühl
Starring
Tilda Swinton, Eric Loscheider, Rachael Stirling, Michael Higgs

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Product details

Genres Documentary
Director Zeva Oelbaum, Sabine Krayenbühl
Stars Tilda Swinton, Eric Loscheider, Rachael Stirling, Michael Higgs
Country USA, France, UK
Also Known As Letters From Baghdad, Gertrude Bell, rebell och diplomat, Von Britannien nach Bagdad: Gertrude Bell, Kirjeitä Bagdadista, Une aventurière en Irak: Gertrude Bell
Runtime 1 h 35 min
Audio Português  English  Deutsch  Italiano  Español  Français  Gaeilge  Svenska  Nederlands
Subtitles Português  日本語  Čeština  Australia  한국어  Filipino  Tiếng Việt  हिन्दी 
Quality 480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Description Gertrude Lowthian Bell, sometimes called the "female" Lawrence of Arabia was a British adventurer, archaeologist and political powerhouse, who helped shape the modern Middle East after World War I. 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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Wednesday, 01 Jul 2020 05:15

This documentary about Iraq is essentially a re-enactment of the 2001 "Torture Report" and the subsequent investigations by the Senate and the Department of Justice into the use of torture by the Bush administration. The goal of the film is to reveal the human costs of the torture and to show how the "CIA torture program" was never made public. It is important to note that the Senate report did not mention that the CIA was using techniques such as waterboarding to extract information, but instead focused on the fact that some of the techniques were illegal. The only thing that the Senate report revealed was the amount of money the CIA spent on the torture. It was not stated what techniques the CIA was using, but rather that some were "legal" and some were "illegal." Even so, the movie makes no attempt to show how the CIA did not follow the law. As a result, the movie provides no "insight" into the CIA's use of torture, but rather provides a superficial overview of the effects that the torture had on the interrogations. The film focuses on two key moments in the CIA's use of torture: the first interrogation of Abu Zubaydah and the second of Abu Zubaydah's wife, Aisha, and their subsequent attempt to murder him. In the first interrogation, Abu Zubaydah's wife was taken into custody. The CIA believes that Abu Zubaydah is an important source of information about al-Qaeda and is willing to provide him with a place to hide, food, and water. However, the CIA does not have access to the bathroom, the bed, or even the bathroom sink. Even worse, Abu Zubaydah is unable to speak or shower, and has no phone reception. He is forced to sleep in a small bathroom and use the toilet. This is the first example of a technique that the Senate report showed was illegal. However, this case was only reported in the news because of a publicity stunt by the film's director, Laura Poitras. She called Abu Zubaydah's wife to try to get her to talk, but she refused to answer her phone. She then called a lawyer, who agreed to talk to her. After they hung up, Poitras went back to her car and drove away. She was then arrested for contempt of court and later was convicted of lying. The second case of a woman being forced to drink urine is the most horrifying. The CIA man, Adnan, is shown repeatedly giving Aisha a sedative and then
Tuesday, 23 Jun 2020 02:53

A somewhat superficial and as-reportedly-watered-down version of the Iraq War Diary of a self-confessed Iraq War Veteran. As a Vietnam Vet I'm sure I'm not the only one who felt that way. We get to hear from a number of Veterans and their stories, which are interspersed with the observations of others. But the real message is that these "persons" have no perspective or emotional connection to the war, and are just "f*cked up" by it. So the obvious question that should be asked is why? Well, it doesn't really answer that question, it just seems to suggest that they were "so screwed up" that they needed to get away from it all and start anew. One of the people who was interviewed in the film was my brother-in-law. I remember he was a good guy. He was in the Navy for 10 years, served in Vietnam, and was a vet of Iraq. Now he's back home. And I think he's pretty happy with the situation in Iraq. I don't know how much of his story was used in this film, but he certainly seems to have been quite sympathetic. Still, that doesn't make it any better. It's clear that the film is made with a very heavy hand. It's like a movie about people who were involved in the war and want to share their stories. It's as if the director has spent years on it and has decided to just throw in as many stories as he can. And I'm sure there was a lot of research involved, because the director himself admits that he's not a very skilled film-maker. He does, however, have a lot of experience making movies about people who were involved in the Vietnam War. I've never seen the other film he was in, but I'm sure it was pretty much the same. The film's narrative is really kind of interesting, but it's a bit dry, with a lot of "time is on our side" sentiments. It's definitely a documentary, but not much else. I'm not sure if this film is a good tool to give an "objective" view of the Iraq War, because it is more or less just a collection of stories of people who were "so screwed up" by the war. Maybe that's why it's not really a very good documentary. But I don't know. I've seen a lot of documentaries and never really felt like I needed to have an objective view of anything. But I think
Friday, 22 May 2020 05:27

I've been watching some of the documentaries and reading the reviews of the director's work for a while. This is the first of two books that he has written. I went to see this one in theater. I would have given it an 8 but I was in the theater with several other people and a woman who was sitting next to me, not sure what she was seeing. In my mind, it was one of those movies that makes you think about your life. I went to see this one to see if it was worth my time and money. This is not a bad movie. It's a little long and a little slow at times but it's not really an action packed movie. The director does a good job of making you feel like you're really in Iraq and is trying to capture the intensity of the situation. It's not a documentary that you will be asked to go see, but it will give you a good feel for the situation in Iraq. I've never been in Iraq so I can't really comment on what the people there are like. I don't really know the men that are in this film and I don't know their names but I've seen in other documentaries that they are portrayed as all men. In this movie, the men are portrayed as different types and there are some of them that you see on screen. There are some of the men that I don't recognize but I am sure I'll see them in other films. I would recommend this movie to someone who wants to learn more about Iraq and the men that are there. There are some things that I liked in this movie that I think other people will enjoy. I would recommend it for people who want to know more about Iraq. I also liked that there was some things that I didn't know about. I know a lot of people have read the books that the director has written. I know that he was able to bring them to the screen and capture their essence and I think it's great. I would recommend this movie to people who want to know more about Iraq and the men that are there. It's not a documentary that you will be asked to see, but it will give you a good feel for the situation in Iraq.


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