Week of 8.8.08
Dinner With the President
When Pakistani filmmaker Sabiha Sumar chose to make a film about democracy in her country, she didn't just request a traditional interview with the Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf, she insisted on a formal dinner. To her surprise, Musharaf -- who is facing impeachment charges after running Pakistan for nearly nine years -- agreed. Sumar spent the evening grilling Musharraf about the state of affairs in their sharply polarized culture.
Video: Dinner With the President
Sumar's documentary "Dinner With the President," includes candid interviews with a wide range of Pakistanis, from religious fundamentalists to partiers on a Pakistani beach.
Is Pakistan the biggest security threat in the world? As the crisis facing Musharraf deepens, a filmmaker shares her rare insider's view of a troubled leader in a troubled country.
Jazbah.org: Sabiha Sumar: Working for the Arts and Women's Rights
Newshour: Politics of Pakistan
Vidhi Films: Dinner with the President
Why Democracy?: Dinner with the President
The New York Times: Pakistan Coalition Moves to Impeach Musharraf
The New York Times: Close Musharraf Allies Say He Has No Plans to Resign Under Pressure
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