As the first woman to lead an Islamic nation, former Pakistani president Benazir Bhutto’s life story unfolds like a tale of Shakespearean dimensions. Educated at Harvard and Oxford, Bhutto evolved from pampered princess to polarizing politician battling tradition and terrorism in the most dangerous country on earth. Her father, the first democratically elected president of Pakistan, chose Benazir over his eldest son to carry his political mantle. Accused of rampant corruption, imprisoned, then exiled abroad, Bhutto was called back in 2007 as her country’s only hope for democracy. When she was struck down by an assassin, her untimely death sent shock waves throughout the world, transforming Bhutto from political messiah to a martyr in the eyes of the common people.
With exclusive interviews from the Bhutto family and never-before-seen footage, filmmakers Jessica Hernandez and Johnny O’Hara have crafted a sweeping epic of a transcendent, yet polarizing, figure whose legacy will be debated for years to come. —Sundance Film Festival
Against political adversity and beset with corruption allegations, the late Pakistani President Benazir Bhutto's rise to power to elevate standards for women, the poor and breathe life into a national democracy in a country that would rather resist it is a tall order for anyone with political ambitions. Pakistan's tumultuous modern history is explored in context of Bhutto's emergent rise and subsequent assassination.