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‘Bhutto’ documentary wraps up Vail film series

Evan Fairmont
Community correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyVail Symposium: Benazir Bhutto was twice elected prime minister of Pakistan but was overthrown in a coup and later assassinated after returning from exile

VAIL, Colorado –The Vail Symposium is wraps up its 2010 winter season Thursday night with the film “Bhutto.”

As the fourth and final installment in the symposium’s winter documentary film series, “Bhutto” tells the story of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, who was the first woman elected to lead an Islamic nation and was assassinated in 2007.

“Along the way on the amazing journey of making this movie, I discovered Pakistan and learned that Benazir’s family story was something out of a Greek tragedy with unsolved murders, political intrigue, family feuds, hijackings, poisonings – you name it,” said producer and director Duane Baughman. “Her story had all the elements from triumph to tragedy. There is a reason why the Bhuttos are called the Kennedys of Pakistan.”

Her father, former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was executed following a military coup. After becoming the leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party, Benazir Bhutto was twice elected prime minister but was overthrown in a coup.

In 2007 she left her self-exile in Dubai, left her family behind, and traveled back to her home country, where she was assassinated during her bid to regain political power.

Tonight’s film will be followed by a discussion with Ali Hasan, whose current film project is a biopic about Bhutto based on his own screenplay.

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