Dinner with the President: A Nation's Journey (2008)
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In Dinner with the President: A Nation's Journey, Pakistani filmmakers Sabiha Sumar and Satha Sathananthan request a dinner with their country's leader, and to their surprise, the request is granted. The family dinner with Musharraf and his mother forms the backdrop to a filmic journey through contemporary Pakistan as the filmmakers forego the headlines and search the country for deeper answers.
In surprising encounters with people from across Pakistani society, they reveal a country where ethnic and tribal loyalties struggle against modernization and religious Islamic forces threaten to make Pakistan a theocracy like Iran. In the crosshairs of change sits the president himself, whose ties to the military and modernization efforts in Pakistan have made him a lightning rod for controversy from across the political spectrum. --© Sundance Film Festival
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Critic Reviews for Dinner with the President: A Nation's Journey
In Dinner With the President the filmmakers go in search of nothing less than the meaning of democracy in Pakistan.
For all of Sumar's hard work and interesting footage, Dinner With the President is a mess, alternating interviews and Sumar's token progressive sentiments before carelessly using the assassination of Benazir Bhutto for a queasy, drawn-out climax.
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