About the Film

Benazir 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. MORE

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.

The Filmmaker

Duane Baughman

Duane Baughman is the owner and founder of the San Francisco-based Yellow Pad Productions, and owner of the nationally regarded political direct mail firm The Baughman Company. He was involved in Michael Bloomberg’s campaign for mayor of New York and in Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. LESS

Film Credits

Produced by
Duane Baughman and Mark Siegel

Produced by
Arleen Sorkin

Written by
Johnny O’Hara

Directed by
Duane Baughman and Johnny O’Hara

Executive Producer

Glenn Aveni

Music Composed by
Herb Graham, Jr.

“Dila Teer Bila” Performed by
Stewart Copeland
Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari

Darius Fisher
Pamela B. Green
Jarik van Sluijs

Music Supervisor

Mike Meeker


Amy Berg

Associate Producer

Katie O’Conor

Supervising Producers
Melinda Cardwell
Pamela S. Aveni
Karen Crary

Line Producer

Marc Ambrose

Production Coordinator

Nora Donaghy


Jessica Hernández

Additional Editors

Michael Horwitz
Esteban Argüello
Billy McMillan
Nigel Galt

Assistant Editors
Colin Davis
Neil Sickles
Jochen Künstler
Paul Birmele
Apolonia Panagopoulos
Bari Winter

Main Title Design / 3-D Animation and Design

Jim Mulryan
Scott Miller
Richard Connors
Paul Daley
Noel Donnellon
Sean Kirby
Kamran Rabbani
Adnan Rabbani
Jens Schlosser
Andy Strahorn
Jameel Ahmed

On-Line Post Production Services
Digital Neural Axis

HD Colorist

Olaf Wendt

Online Editor

Todd Sali

Music Editor

Robert Hoehn

Audio Recovery

Keith Robinson

Re-recording Mixer

Jason “Frenchie” Gaya

Dialogue Editor

Angela Hemingway

Sound Effects Editor

Stephen Iba

Assistant Sound Editor

Bobby Martinez

Sound Studio Manager

Robert Dehn

Music Re-recording Mixer

Robert Hoehn

Additional Voices

Jim Wyatt


Pakistan Re-enactment Director

Tabrez Noorani

Assistant Director

Khurram Nizami

Production Services, Eveready Pictures
Tanya Anand
Adeel Suri
Samina Aslam

Production Assistants
Ahmed Raza
Feroz Ali

Rukhsana Bangash
Nafisa Shah
Islamuddin Sheikh
Nauman Islam Sheikh
Abdul Majeed Pathan
Muhammad Jaffer Abbasi

Security Arrangements
Akram Abro
Mr. Muzaffar

Field Producers
Steve Cook
Tom O’Neill

Production Assistant

Khadija Bano


Hala Mohammad

Technical Consultant

Dr. Farzana Shaikh


Mikiko Sasaki

Production Accountant

Angela Smith

Production Legal Services

Steven M. Kalb P.C.

Bhutto Website

Winterson Design

Credit Typography Designer
Andrew San Diego

Exclusive Bhutto Audio Tapes Provided by
Linda Bird Francke


“Power To The People”
Written by John Lennon
Performed by John Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd. under license from EMI Film & Television Music
Used by permission of EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. All rights reserved

Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by Curtis Mayfield
Courtesy of Curtom Records by arrangement with WMG Film and TV Licensing

“Wild World”
Written by Yusuf Islam
Used by permission of EMI April Music, Inc.

Composed and Performed by Anthony Willis Schofield

“Get it On (Bang A Gong)”
Written by Marc Bolan
Published by TRO Essex Music International, Inc. (ASCAP)

“Dila Teer Bija”
Composed by and used by permission of Zahoor Khan Zaibi

“Dila Teer Bija (Rhythmatistversion)”
Written by Zahoor Khan Zaibi and Stewart Copeland
Produced and Arranged by Stewart Copeland

Additional Music Courtesy of APM Music

Mader’s music courtesy of Loon Music (ASCAP)

Herb Graham, Jr.’s music courtesy of GrahamUvHerb Music (BMI)

Music Engineering by
Mader and
Herb Graham, Jr.

Executive Producer (Music)

Derek Power

Bhutto was produced by BHUTTO FILM, LLC., which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2010, BHUTTO FILM, LLC. All rights reserved.

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The first months of 2011 were dubbed the “Arab Spring” for the populist democracy movements across North Africa and the Middle East. Do you think democracy in this region is inevitable, or impossible?