Bhutto released across the country


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Bhutto released across the country

Saturday, June 12, 2010
Saadia Khalid

With the true depiction of violence, controversy, and untimely death that remained the regrettable hallmark of the Bhutto legacy, the riveting documentary feature Bhutto was released Friday across the country.

The premier show of the documentary would be held at the National Art Gallery (NAG) on June 15. The show is organised by the Ministry of Culture and expected to be attended by the notable political figures of the country.

Benazir Bhutto remains a polarising force in the Muslim world some two years after her death from a suicide attack on December 27, 2007. Hers was a turbulent three-decade run through the storm of Pakistani politics during which Bhutto enjoyed unprecedented outpourings of love and hate, triumph and tragedy, devotion by the people of Pakistan and rejection by the forces who most feared her.

Benazirs fascinating, oft-wrenching story reads like a Greek tragedy and is captured in the riveting documentary feature Bhutto that has its world premiere in the US Documentary Feature competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

A Duane Baughman Film, Bhutto is co-directed by Duane Baughman and Johnny OHaraernande and produced by Duane Baughman, Arleen Sorkin, Mark Siegel and Amy Berg. The film casts an unblinking lens on the first woman ever elected to lead a Muslim state and delves into the back story of the worlds most strategically important country Pakistan the Muslim worlds sole nuclear power, and the epicentre of the international War on Terror.

But as the fast-paced Bhutto makes clear, Benazir Bhuttos life and reign of power were marked by contradictions and questions as she wrestled with a male-dominated society and an entrenched Establishment leading up to her final act of courage that resulted in her unsolved murder at age 54.

Bhutto opens as Benazir Bhutto is about to walk back into the lions den after eight years of self-imposed exile in London, New York and Dubai amid a swirl of politically motivated corruption charges. The very night of her triumphant return, a double-suicide bombing assassination attempt killed 170 of her supporters. We will continue to meet the public, she said defiantly after narrowly escaping. We will not be deterred. She would soon be murdered during a political rally attended by over one million of her followers.

After a breathtaking opening flashback, Bhutto serves up an eye-opening dose of Pakistans tumultuous 62-year existence, its frequent violent clashes with India, and the Benazirs own family history that runs deep in the DNA of Pakistans feudal past.

Born on June 21, 1953, Bhutto credits her father, the iconic former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, for being against the gender constraints of my time. My mother told my father in front of me, Why do you want to educate her? No man will want to marry her. My father said that boys and girls are equal. He wanted me to have the same opportunities. After having studied at Harvard and Oxford in anticipation of a quiet life in foreign service, Bhutto was unceremoniously thrust into politics when her father the first democratically elected leader of Pakistan was overthrown in a military coup by his hand-picked Army Chief, General Zia ul-Huq.

In April 1979, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was hanged in a judicial assassination. Bhutto shows us, from that moment on, how Zulfikar Ali Bhuttos eldest child dedicated her life to avenging his death, and restoring not only the Bhutto name, but democracy to Pakistan. Benazir Bhutto won her first election under the banner of her martyred fathers popular Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in 1988, and was removed in a military-backed coup in 1990. She rose again in 1993, but was toppled by the power elite in 1996. She would see both of her beloved brothers die mysteriously at the hand of others, with Shanahwaz the youngest poisoned in France, and Murtaza the first born son, gunned down in a shootout on a Pakistani street. Producer Duane Baughman points out how much Bhuttos relationship with her father, and his execution, shaped and changed her forever. At that point she was an unstoppable force. Her lifes purpose became avenging her fathers dream for the people of Pakistan and that started and ended with democracy, said Baughman. And the fact that she was a young woman in the Muslim world staring down the same dictator who hanged her father, only makes the story that much more riveting and unbelievable.

Besides rarely seen extensive interview footage with Benazir Bhutto herself, the film features exclusive, heart-wrenching interviews with her immediate family, including widower President Asif Ali Zardari, son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, daughters Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari and Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, and sister Sanam Bhutto, just three months after her assassination.

Other interviewees include authors Tariq Ali (The Clash of Fundamentalism) and Christina Lamb (Waiting For Allah), Victoria Schofield (Bhutto) as well as former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, Benazirs co-author and friend Mark Siegel, diplomat Peter Galbraith, Arianna Huffington, and Reza Aslan.

The film also features never publicly heard before audio tapes of Benazir reflecting on her lifes most intimate and poignant moments, along with a wealth of newly discovered archival footage and news clips of chaotic and disturbing images that marked the years both during and between Benazir Bhuttos regimes. This film shows that Benazir Bhutto was a much more complex and historically unique figure than many people may have realised, believes producer Mark Siegel, an expert on the politics and history of Pakistan. She was an extraordinary bridge between cultures, continents and religions selflessly accepting a political mantel she never wanted, a responsibility that was thrust upon her.

Sacrificing personal happiness to public service, she became an icon of change and hope to half a billion Muslim women around the world. And as a champion of a modern Islam that is tolerant, pluralistic, democratic and innovative with unlimited possibilities for women, she became the Jihadists worst nightmare, everything they most feared. What is most fascinating is how much love and hatred this woman generated around the world and the extent to which some would go to destroy her and what she embodied. Politically and personally her life was a plethora of contradictions and contrasts that are captured in this film. Like with John F Kennedy and Anwar Saadat, we will always wonder what she could have accomplished had she lived, concluded Siegel.

Bhutto, which was produced by Yellow Pad Productions in association with Icon TMI presents a Duane Baughman Film, directed by Duane Baughman and Johnny OHara. Produced by Duane Baughman, Arleen Sorkin, Mark Siegel and Amy Berg. Executive Produced by Glenn Aveni. Co-Produced by Pamela Green, Jarik Van Sluijs, and Darius Fisher. Written by Johnny OHara. Music by Mader, Hank Graham Jr. and Dila Teer Bija performed by Stewart Copeland and Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari.



Prime Minister (20k+ posts)
one of the most corrupt woman in the Muslim world. Mr 10% started in her tenure, she did nothing to stop him. Took advantage of her gender and became famous in the US. Made a deal with the US to give them our nukes in return she would win the election.


Minister (2k+ posts)
Let the Almighty Allah may judge her. On record like any Pakistani leaders "Her personal interests were more stronger than national interests". Her letter to Congressmen available on this board is self-evident. The left-overs got votes for her dead body and still selling her name to ignorants.


Staff member
Benazir would be concerned at todays PPP
Filmmakers of Bhutto expect Zardari to expose her killers
By Murtaza Ali Shah

LONDON: The director of an award-winning documentary on the life of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto has said that if the slain leader was alive today, she would be highly concerned at the state of affairs of Pakistan and the direction of the PPP under President Asif Ali Zardaris stewardship.

Producer/director Duane Baughman spoke to The News at the London screening of the film where he was joined on stage by Producer Mark Siegel, the lobbyist in Washington who was close to Benazir.

A Duane Baughman film Bhutto is co-directed by Johnny OHara and produced by Duane Baughman, Arleen Sorkin, Mark Siegel and Amy Berg.

When asked if he would take a trip to Pakistan to promote the film, Daughman gave a convoluted answer, indicating that they had no such plan.

It is believed that the producer had finalised plans to be present at the opening of the film in Pakistan but they scrapped their plans after the kidnapping in Karachi two weeks ago of London-based business tycoon Riaz Laljee, who is also a close business partner of the president.

The 115-minute film, which details the rise of Benazir Bhutto to power from childhood to her mysterious and unresolved assassination in Rawalpindi, ends abruptly without asking any critical questions to those believed to know the key facts behind Liaquat Bagh assassination.

Referring to President Zardaris speech in last December that he knew who the killers of Benazir Bhutto were and he would expose them, The News asked why they had not used the $3 million documentary film to give clear hints, Mark Siegel said that President Zardari had made no such statement and he believed the president, while in power, would do everything to expose the killers.

He also confirmed that the president had not shared with him any knowledge of his intelligence on Benazirs killers.

Baughman, who decided to make the film on Benazir Bhuttos life three weeks after her murder, said Benazir was a magnificent personality whose life and struggle against impossible odds, needed to be chronicled.

During his research and making the movie, Baughman discovered that Benazirs family story was something out of a Greek tragedy with unsolved murders, political intrigue, family feuds, hijackings, poisonings you name it.

Daughman, who was facilitated by giving full access to Benazirs children and close aides, said he had used his own money to make the film and didnt take any help from the government.

Siegel said Benazir was a fighter who loved taking up challenges and had a passion for the poor people of Pakistan. He said that her story had a global relevance and would resonate with the world audience.

The film, largely containing tributes, interviews of Victoria Schofield, Christina Lamb, Reza Aslan, London-based left wing intellectual Tariq Ali, Benazirs uncle Ahmad Ispahani, Steve Coll, Arianna Huffington, Shuja Nawaz, Pakistans High Commissioner to the UK Wajid Shamsul Hasan, Pakistans Ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani, Akbar Ahmed, Peter Galbraith, Mark Siegel, former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, former president Pervez Musharraf, sister Sanam Bhutto and niece Fatima Bhutto.


MPA (400+ posts)
Mulk ko torney wala khandaan
Mulk ko loot ker khanay wala khandaan
What Tragedy?
Jis tarah Benazir ne Apne bhai ko marwaya tha aur cover up kya tha ussi tarah Zardari ne iss ko marwa ker coverup ker dya. Lets see what happens next
Beggherti and lust for power iss khandaan me koot koot ker bhari hoi thin. Iss ke baap ne Aadha Mulk turwa dya so he could get power. Benazir bachi thi ke usse pata nahi tha ke Kessinger ne Bhutto ko dhamki di thi aur baad me iss ke papa ko phansi hoi? iss ke bawajood Apne papa ke katal kerwane me hath hone ke bawajood ye begheraton ki tarah USA ke paas ja ker power mangti rahi.
Mulk ko loot ker khanay ke sab record tor dye. Corruption aur corruption, karzay and karzay aur jo Govt. ka institution zara sahi chala uss me itne jeale ghussa dye ke uss ka bera gharaq ker dya. Pakistan ke sath itni dushmani iss khandaan ne ki he aur uss per documentaries dekhen.
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