#SheDocs presents: Bhutto

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A co-presentation from Diverse Muslim Voices & Women and Girls Lead.

BHUTTO is the definitive documentary that chronicles the life of one of the most complex and fascinating characters of our time. Hers is an epic tale of Shakespearean dimension. It’s the story of the first woman in history to lead a Muslim nation: Pakistan. Newsweek called it the most dangerous place in the world, and the home of nuclear war heads and the Taliban.

Benazir Bhutto was born into a wealthy landowning family that became Pakistan’s dominant political dynasty. Often referred to as the “Kennedys of Pakistan,” the Bhuttos share a painful history of triumph and tragedy, 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 70’s, 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.

Video Descriptions

Celebrate Women's History Month with #SheDocs

#SheDocs is a free, online film festival that celebrates Women’s History Month by showcasing a collection of documentary films that highlight extraordinary women and their accomplishments -- women who are transforming their lives, their communities, and the world.

#SheDocs - Bhutto

An intimate look at Benazir Bhutto, the first Muslim woman elected in history to lead an Islamic nation. As the leader of Pakistan, she was one of the most fascinating and important world leaders of our time.

Celebrate Women's History Month with #SheDocs

#SheDocs is a free, online film festival that celebrates Women’s History Month by showcasing a collection of documentary films that highlight extraordinary women and their accomplishments -- women who are transforming their lives, their communities, and the world.

Duration: 114min 15sec

Moderator

Panelists

  • Mark Siegel

    Mark Siegel was a close friend, speech writer and confidante of the late Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto for 25 years, and collaborated with her over the last months of her life in a widely acclaimed book entitled Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy and the West (Harper Collins, 2008). Mr. Siegel and Ms. Bhutto completed the book just days before her death with Mr. Siegel receiving the final edits from her on the morning of her assassination. Given Mr. Siegel's unique friendship with Prime Minister Bhutto, and their professional and political partnership over the years, he is now a sought-after voice on her message which is the theme of their book and her final legacy.

  • Samina Ali

    Samina Ali is the curator of Muslima: Muslim Women's Arts & Voices, a groundbreaking online exhibition from the International Museum of Women. Ali's debut novel, "Madras on Rainy Days," was awarded the Prix Premier Roman Etranger 2005 Award in France. She is also the cofounder of Daughters of Hajar, a Muslim American feminist organization.

  • Rabia Chaudry

    Rabia Chaudry is the Founder and President of the Safe Nation Collaborative. Rabia is a civically engaged legal practitioner with significant experience in immigration law, civil liberties, social justice, interfaith relations, nonprofit management, and grassroots advocacy. She is a graduate of the George Mason School of Law, has over a decade of experience in federal immigration and civil rights law. Rabia is a frequent blogger and OpEd contributor, writing on national security policy and American Muslim relations. She is also a frequent public speaker and presenter at national and international security and faith conferences.

  • Mark Siegel

  • Rabia Chaudry

  • Samina

  • Suhaila Aziz

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