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Fremantle Corp picks up “Bhutto”

The Fremantle Corporation has picked up Duane Baughman and Johnny O'Hara's documentary on Benazir Bhutto (pictured), the two-time prime minister of Pakistan.
September 23, 2011

The Fremantle Corporation has picked up Duane Baughman and Johnny O’Hara’s documentary on Benazir Bhutto (pictured), the two-time prime minister of Pakistan.

The Toronto-based distribution company now has the international television and DVD distribution rights to the feature doc. Bhutto examines the life and political career of Bhutto, who was assassinated in 2007. The doc includes interviews with Bhutto’s husband Asif Ali Zardari, her children, former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, and former U.S. secretary of state Condoleezza Rice.

Fremantle’s president Randy Zalkan said: “Killed while campaigning in 2007, Benazir Bhutto continues to be a much revered global figure whose bravery and heroism captured the attention of the entire world. Her extraordinary life story is brilliantly told through interviews and newscasts interwoven with memorable narrative.”

Producer-director Baughman added: “Like most of the rest of the world, I watched the news coverage in horror when Benazir Bhutto, the first woman in history to lead a Muslim nation, was killed by a suicide bomber. Millions felt Benazir was the best hope for democracy and progress in that strategically critical nuclear-armed country.

“I always wondered how Benazir managed to defeat the impossible odds stacked against any woman in Pakistan and accomplish what she was able to accomplish. Bhutto is the result of my drive to discover her historic story.”

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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