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The history of the Pakistani Bhutto dynasty is a saga of duty, loss, and intrigue that rivals the Kennedys… and possibly the Corleones, as well. Beginning with the meteoric rise to power in the 1960s of Pakistani president and founder of the Pakistan Peoples Party Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the family's timeline has borne witness to nationwide adoration, periods of exile, supreme comebacks, and assassinations. This documentary focusing on two-time prime minister Benazir Bhutto does a thorough job in exploring this tangled, fascinating web. Utilizing a wealth of archival clips and personal reminiscences, directors Duane Baughman and Johnny O'Hara delve deep into the life of Zulfikar Ali's eldest child Benazir, a Harvard-educated, fiercely independent woman who returned to her father's side following a violent military coup. Undergoing years of imprisonment, house arrests, and family tragedies, she nonetheless persisted in her goal to strengthen her country's standing in the world, a mission tragically cut short by her assassination in 2007. While the filmmakers mainly concentrate on their subject's considerable achievements, it is to their credit that they don't shy away from the darker controversies as well, including charges of favoritism and corruption that continue to plague the family to this day. The film's CGI-assisted, montage-heavy style may toe the line between visually arresting and over-caffeinated at times, but the strength of its central character more than carries it through. In this case, history handily trumps fiction.--Andrew Wright
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CastPervez Musharraf, Tariq Ali, Condoleeza Rice, Asif Ali Zardari, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
DirectorDuane Baughman, Johnny O'Hara
DVD Release Date:  May 10, 2011
Runtime:  111 minutes
Studio:  First Run Features
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review by . May 27, 2011
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Bhutto takes political biography documentaries to a whole new level. It manages to be engaging and entertaining whilst also educational. A few things really struck me. First, while it is sympathetic towards Bhutto, it does interview a wide range of political actors, including former president Musharraf and Bhutto's estranged niece. It doesn't shy away from allegations of corruption within her administration, even if it heavily suggests they were mostly political attacks. It also goes into some of …
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