In the summer of 1939, Ella Maillart takes her friend Annamarie on a daring trip through the Middle East, before traveling alone in British India for an entire year. Told through her photographs, 9mm films, documents, and various writings (as read by the actress Irène Jacob), Ella Maillart: Double Journey reveals the life and extraordinary odyssey of one of the 20th Century’s greatest travelers, an irrepressible voice who saw colonialism, gender norms, and global politics for what they were.
Directed and produced by Antonio Bigini and Mariann Lewinsky Sträuli. Presented with the Italian Cultural Institute, Embassy of Italy. Introduction by Peggy Parsons, Curator of Film at the National Gallery of Art.