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A riveting documentary of the recently assassinated Benazir Bhutto, a polarizing figure in the Muslim world. Following in her father's footsteps as a pillar for democracy, Bhutto was expected to dominate Pakistan's 2008 elections but the assassination sent Pakistan politics into turmoil. This major event sent shock waves throughout the world and transformed her from political messiah into a martyr for the common man. Written by
Their struggle is in a void, with no sign that they are winning or losing.
This is a far cry from the sentimental ahistorical nonsense I was expecting. It is all about the machinations of power, the ruthlessness that a ruler must uphold so as not to endanger her kingdom, about the necessity to put oneself aside and think of the greater good. Duane Baughman, with the inestimable help of Aseefa Bhutto Zardari in one of her most heartwrenching cinematic portrayals, gets all his sinister points across and does not flinch. Sure enough, the ending is more Hollywood, I believe, than Islamabad, more glamorous heroics than real-life sacrifice, but even so, it does not stick in your throat. I loved the amorous, innocent banter and bickering of Bhutto and the earl in their many intimate moments, and Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari never photographed better. Was there ever anyone in the annals of Hollywood more handsome? Condoleezza Rice tries on a slightly different role than the goody-goody, doe-eyed ones she usually had to make do with. Technicolor and lighting are both superb.
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