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Cinema Initiative to Show ‘Letters from Baghdad’ Feb. 10

Letters from Baghdad
“Letters from Baghdad” showing by Westport Cinema Initiative and WestportREADS on Feb. 10.

The Westport Cinema Initiative (WCI) is set to show the British spy thriller “Letters from Baghdad” on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium, WCI officials said.

Tickets for the film, which is being shown in partnership with WestportREADS, are $10 each online or at the door.

The award-winning film tells the story of British spy, explorer, and political powerhouse Gertrude Bell, who in the early 1900s was the most powerful woman in the British Empire.

Bell traveled widely in Arabia before being recruited by British military intelligence to help draw the borders of Iraq after World War I, establish the modern state of Iraq, and ultimately reshape the modern Middle East in ways that still reverberate today.

Among Bell’s accomplishments was the creation of the Iraq Museum to preserve the region’s cultural artifacts and antiquities of the region. While many of the ancient sites that Bell visited and photographed, such as Palmyra, Nineveh, and Nimrud, have been destroyed by ISIS, she left more than 7,000 photographs, including panoramas, of these sites.

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