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BhuttoBenazir Bhutto was one of the most complex and fascinating characters of our time. Hers is an epic tale of Shakespearean dimensions, of a privileged girl born into Pakistan’s equivalent of the Kennedy family. She would trade her Western lifestyle to become the first Muslim woman elected in history to lead an Islamic nation.

Benazir Bhutto was born into a wealthy landowning family that became Pakistan’s dominant political dynasty. The Bhutto family’s painful history of triumph and tragedy has played out on an international stage.

Educated at Harvard and Oxford, and with an eye on a foreign-service career, Benazir’s life changed forever when her father, Pakistan’s first democratically elected president, chose Benazir to carry his political mantle over the family’s eldest son. In the late 1970s, when Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was overthrown and executed by his handpicked Army Chief, Benazir swore to avenge her father and restore democracy — or to die trying.

Benazir Bhutto may have broken the Islamic glass ceiling, but she was not liberated in all of the ways the Western world might expect; she was wed in a traditional arranged marriage to a notorious Karachi playboy, Asif Ali Zardari (who is now president of Pakistan).

She served two terms in power as the Prime Minister of Pakistan marked by acts of courage and controversy. She eradicated polio and championed the rights of women while fighting the male-dominated political elite and a nervous military leadership, but was constantly defending herself against accusations of corruption and scandal.

In 2007, with the South Asian country in turmoil and under the thumb of yet another military dictator, Benazir was called back onto the world stage as Pakistan’s best hope for democracy. With her assassination she transcended politics, but left a legacy of simmering controversy and undeniable courage that will be debated for years.

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joe k
8 years ago

I do not know much about Pakistan ,but i find this Doc very interesting ... It was very well made

10 years ago

whatever the case it may be, believe it she overpowered all pakistanis, and will always remain ahero, and the most educated woman in pakistan

11 years ago

It's very interesting to see that the documentary avoids even a single reference or quote from the Indian side - the country she hated the most!!

11 years ago

And it got her dead in a country which had been in existant for thousands of years with the same mentality! Thats why people migrate...

11 years ago

I cannot stand all this talk of her as a martyr. She was a good leader and orator, as one has to admit that Hitler was. But she was incredibly corrupt, and plunged Pakistan into a depression that made it impossible for the poor majority of Pakistan to survive. It will take Pakistan decades to recover from some of her mistakes, and her husband and child(Bilawal) are the worst people to govern this country. They are inhumane, selfish crooks.

11 years ago

OH MY GOD! They made a document on Benazir Bhutto!? I haven't watched it yet and probably won't, but friends let me tell you something about her and her family, they had a long line in the presidency, and she and her father had inflicted great loss and have played their part in corrupting and destroying both legal system and lives of the Pakistani people. Her father was a great crook, Bhutto(the father) managed to pull off scams on the same simple people who voted for him he did all the other usual stuff like steeling from the national funds, murders, thefts, and cheating the voting system (gerrymandering etc...). Then along came his daughter, she did the same, lives were lost as she destroyed all hope for the building of the Kalabagh dam, because of her every year if hundreds not thousands of people die every Mon-soon season due to heave rain just so the fellow corrupt could the land and then her extremely corrupted husband came along who just can't have enough of money and lives, who by the way assassinated Benazir and gave her the false title of 'mattered' and Zardari (the husband) is now destroying the nation, along with a team of thugs, the prim minister,the chief of army staff, the provincial precedents and many more. I should know I am a Pakistani who cares about Pakistani. Stupid Swiss bank!

patrick .........
11 years ago

One of the greatest documentaries I have ever seen. Benezir was one of those special people that posses integrity, passion, heart and wisdom. Just as Ghandi, just as Marthin Luther King, jesus the Buddha and just as another person I know individually.

To come across these people in your life is very rare but if you do meet them then recognize them for their greatness and never loose contact, these are the messengers of god.

11 years ago

Good Documentary.

11 years ago

''ships r safe at harbour but thats not what ships r built for''. benazir bhutto. i recommend the viewers to read her autobiography,''daughter of the east'', and her last book , '' Reconciliation; islam, democracy and the west''. what an intellectual leader . her words while addressing US congress ,'' for dictators of the world, democracy is the best revenge''. rich and educated , she doesnt have to risk her life and get killed but for the people of pakistan she put her life at risk. as a mother my heart goes out 2 her teenage children. i remember her response after first sucide attack on her in karachi, '' we r prepared 2 risk our lives ,we r prepared 2 risk our lives but we r not prepared 2 surrender our great nation 2 the militants''. courage- thy name is benazir bhutto. rest in peace benazir bhutto.

11 years ago

Brave woman. I swear humans are so stupid. Every time someone comes along with the right idea we always kill them. I know most of you watchers are against 1 world government but I don't understand why we can't just toss religion and race out the window and realize how great the place could be if we all worked together. It actually seems like the logical thing to do. 1 love ya know? "Let's get together and we'll be alright!"

11 years ago

lol surprise surprise...US gave birth to Al Qaeda to put Russia off that wat i just heard??

11 years ago

A good doc to see just how sick politics are and our societies at large. Wars, power, fear and just trying to survive in a world of chaos and decay.