The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) and UALR Public Radio/KUAR FM 89.1 invite the public to a free screening of Bhutto as part of Community Cinema Monday, April 25, at 6 p.m. at Roosevelt Thompson Library in Little Rock.
Bhutto is the epic tale of the life and tragic death of Benazir Bhutto, who broke the Islamic glass ceiling as the first woman leader of a Muslim country. Beloved by the people of her native Pakistan, she was reviled by the nations military establishment and male-dominated ruling class. More than two years after her death from a suicide bomber, Bhutto remains a divisive figure, a symbolic metaphor for the fight between terrorism and moderation. That struggle continues today in Pakistan, the worlds most strategically important country and the Muslim worlds sole nuclear power.
Born on July 21, 1953, into a wealthy landowning family, which later became Pakistans dominant political dynasty, Bhutto lived a life of Shakespearean proportions. Her family, often referred to as the Kennedys of Pakistan, had a painful legacy of triumph and tragedy played out on an international stage. Zulifikar Ali Bhutto, her father and the first democratically elected president of Pakistan, was executed by his own handpicked Army chief. Her two beloved brothers died mysteriously at the hands of others: Shanahwaz was poisoned in France and Murtaza was gunned down in a shootout on a Pakistan street. Both murders remained unsolved.
Educated at Harvard and Oxford, Bhutto made history as the first woman leader of a Muslim country, yet she was wed in a traditional marriage to then-Karachi playboy Asif Ali Zardari. With an eye on a foreign service career, Bhuttos life changed forever when her father chose her to carry his political mantle, over the familys eldest son. In the late 1970s, when Zulifikar Ali was overthrown and hanged in a judicial assassination, Bhutto swore to avenge her father and restore democracy or die trying.
Bhutto is produced by Duane Baughman, Arleen Sorkin and Mark Siegel and co-produced by Pamela Green and Jarik Van Sluijs, The film is a 2010 Sundance Film Festival feature-length documentary selection and is a recipient of a 2011 EPIC award from The White House Project, a national, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization aiming to advance womens leadership in all communities and sectors, up to the U.S. presidency.
The screening will be held in Roosevelt Thompson Library, 38 Rahling Circle off Chenal Parkway in Little Rock. A community discussion will be held following the screening. More information is available by calling AETN at 800-662-2386 or visiting www.aetn.org/engage.
Bhutto will air Wednesday, May 11, at 6 p.m. on AETN-3 PLUS/World and Sunday, May 15, at 10 p.m. on AETN-1.
Community Cinema, a free monthly screening series engaging communities through film produced by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), features monthly screenings followed by panel discussions with leading organizations, local communities and special guest speakers. The program is designed to help people learn about and get involved in the social issues raised in the documentaries.
The mission of UALR Public Radio is to deepen insight into the human experience, empower decision-making and enrich the lives of those we serve through quality news and cultural programs. UALR Public Radio operates two radio stations in Little RockKUAR FM 89.1, which broadcasts news, jazz and cultural programs including national programming from NPR, and KLRE 90.5, which broadcasts classical music.
The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansass statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit www.aetn.org, or follow the AETN blog at www.aetn.org/engage. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).