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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
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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.
An exhaustive, if sometimes exhausting, look at a larger-than-life figure.
At one point, Bhutto says she wants to avenge her father's death. "Bhutto'' proves she did.
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.
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.
Filmmakers Duane Baughman and Johnny O'Hara present a stirring biographical documentary about Benazir Bhutto, one of history's most fascinating and tragic political leaders.
If you know only sketchy details about her life, as I did, it's a great introduction. But if you want more than that, you'll have to look elsewhere.
If screenwriters dared to put a woman through the ordeals that Benazir Bhutto faced, half the audience would refuse to believe it.
A complete and compelling portrait of a woman determined to defy the odds and become a true leader in the Muslim world.
Succeeds beautifully as a kind of protracted CNN-style elegy: All the key points are alighted upon and no sensitive buttons are fingered.
A bit of a glossy perspective on Benazir Bhutto but a vital and frank portrayal of Pakistan as an emerging world power.
Even with the glorification of Benazir Bhutto as a martyr to democracy, the personalizing of . . . this tinderbox helps make Pakistan's . . .politics more comprehensible.
A powerfully effective documentary on the astonishing life and democratic vision of Pakistan's first female prime minister.
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