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Bhutto: movie review

Documentary 'Bhutto' elucidates Pakistan's knotty politics.

By Peter RainerFilm critic / December 3, 2010

This December 27, 2007 photo shows former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto looking to her supporters during the compaign appearance in Rawalpindi, where she was was killed that day in a gun and suicide attack.

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Duane Baughman's and Johnny O'Hara's fascinating documentary about Benazir Bhutto, the first woman ever elected to lead a Muslim state – Pakistan – is crammed with archival footage and often confrontational and contradictory interviews with Ms. Bhutto's family and friends. [Editor's note: The original version omitted one of the filmmakers' names.]

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Baughman and O'Hara don't attempt to untangle the dangerously knotty politics of Pakistan. Instead, they elucidate the confusion.

Benazir's father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was Pakistan's first democratically elected president. Benazir, educated at Harvard and Oxford, was his handpicked successor. Like her father, she met with a violent, politically motivated death.

The Bhutto family is often referred to as the "Pakistani Kennedys." After seeing this film, that designation doesn't sound so glib anymore. Grade: B+ (Unrated.)

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