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 "Kennedys of Pakistan," the Bhuttos share a painful history of triumph and tragedy, played out on an international stage. Educated at Harvard and Oxford, and with an eye on a foreign service career, Benazir's life changed forever when her father, Pakistan's first democratically elected president, chose Benazir to carry his political mantle over the family's eldest son. In the late 70's, when Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was overthrown and executed by his handpicked Army Chief, Benazir swore to avenge her father and restore democracy - or to die trying. Benazir Bhutto may have broken the Islamic glass ceiling, but she was wed in a traditional arranged marriage to then-Karachi playboy Asif Ali Zardari. Her two terms in power saw acts of courage and controversy as she eradicated polio and stood up for women, while fighting the male-dominated political elite, and a nervous military leadership, while battling accusations of corruption and scandal. In 2007, with the South Asian country rolling in turmoil and under the thumb of yet another military dictator, Benazir was called back onto the world stage as Pakistan's best hope for democracy. With her assassination she transcended politics, but left a legacy of simmering controversy and undeniable courage that will be debated for years. -- (C) Official Site
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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.

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 16, 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, 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… | November 30, 2010
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Bhutto

The definitive documentary on one of the game changers in Pakistan who was killed before she completed her ultimate destiny. Nonetheless one comes away from this documentary wondering if Bhutto would ever be able to accomplish what she sets out to accomplish if she had lived due to the delicate balance between parliamentarians and the army in that country.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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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

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

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This is an incredibly painful and inspiring documentary about courage under fire. A profoundly moving portrait of one of the true heroes of the modern era.

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