Bhutto (2010)

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BHUTTO is the definitive documentary that chronicles the life of one of the most complex and fascinating characters of our time. Hers is an epic tale of Shakespearean dimension. It's the story of the first woman in history to lead a Muslim nation: Pakistan. Newsweek called it the most dangerous place in the world, and the home of nuclear war heads and the Taliban. Benazir Bhutto was born into a wealthy landowning family that became Pakistan's dominant political dynasty. Often referred to as the … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Johnny O'Hara
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 10, 2011
Box Office: $0.1M
Runtime:
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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (9)

While their subject is fascinating and her nation's role in propping up the Taliban has had repercussions from New York to India, the filmmakers don't find a straightforward way to tell Bhutto's story.

Full Review… | January 27, 2011
Philadelphia Inquirer
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An exhaustive, if sometimes exhausting, look at a larger-than-life figure.

Full Review… | December 17, 2010
Washington Post
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At one point, Bhutto says she wants to avenge her father's death. "Bhutto'' proves she did.

Full Review… | December 16, 2010
Boston Globe
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While the film gives us a strong sense of Bhutto's personality and strength,...it can only suggest the daily family and political machinations that were her reality, and leaves no clear sense of the truth of the corruption charges that dogged her.

Full Review… | December 3, 2010
New York Times
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Benazir Bhutto had a life that makes fiction pale by comparison.

Full Review… | December 2, 2010
Los Angeles Times
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O'Hara's doc not only recounts the leader's life and career; it also offers a fascinating look back at the history of her troubled nation, wisely placing its current political volatility in an easily graspable context.

Full Review… | December 1, 2010
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Bhutto

This documentary portrays the life and death of Benazir Bhutto, and through her story, we learn most of the history of Pakistan and the region.
Bhutto is an inspirational figure for many in the Muslim world, a democratizing, egalitarian, faithful Muslim woman who ascended to political prominence despite the gender bias of her culture. And I think this film does her memory justice. Most importantly, I think many Americans don't know much about the Middle East, thinking that some of the problems emanating from that region came out of nowhere. Rather, this film, through Bhutto's story, gives us context and a valuable history lesson. Luminaries of Muslim scholarship like Reza Aslan and actual participants like Bhutto's widower, Zardari, also add insightful commentary.
Overall, I think this documentary should be required viewing for anyone wanting to debate foreign policy.
Overall, I think this required viewing for

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Jim Hunter

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While "Bhutto" starts and ends with the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in 2007, the story does not start with her but with her father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, an ambassador to the United Nations, nationalist leader, founder of the People's Pakistan Party, and Pakistani Prime Minister before being forced out and executed on trumped up charges.(Is there any coup that Kissinger has not been involved with?)

This very informative and incisive documentary details the history of Pakistan which was baptized in the blood of partition, leading to a decades long standoff with India, especially on the subject of Kandahar. With the country forever being on a war footing, the military has never been far from power, even with a civilian prime minister. With 25% of the budget being allocated to the military, little is given over to basic services including education. That is exacerbated by the wars in neighboring Afghanistan, as the money flows from the United States to support dictators in power who support the party line.

That makes any struggle for democracy an uphill battle. For that to happen, the citizenry must be educated but right now that slack is picked up by the madrassas who tend to err on the side of fanatacism. Into that gap stepped Benazir Bhutto, appointed ahead of her brothers to be her father's political heir(her political heir is her son, not one of her two older daughters) which is huge in a country where honor killings are commonplace. Even when she became prime minister, change was slow, as she was eventually removed from power, not once but twice. And on returning from exile in 2007, she realized the necessity of her actions, even while knowing what the cost could be.

Throughout "Bhutto," Benazir's disembodied voice is heard from an interview, giving the feel of her speaking from beyond the grave. While the documentary verges on hagiography, it also allows a remarkable range of voices to be heard, including different factions within her family(fractured but not on King Lear level). Even former President Pervez Musharraf has his say. And I guess you cannot bring up the 60's without the rock and roll cliches, can you?

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Walter M.

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