North American rights to Duane Baughman Sundance ’10 documentary “Bhutto” have been picked up by First Run Features. Glenn Aveni of Icon TMI negotiated the deal with Seymour Wishman, president of First Run Features. A November theatrical release is planned for North America, with home video, internet platforms, and television to follow. Educational sales begin immediately.
“Bhutto” follows the epic story of Benazir Bhutto, the first woman in history to lead a Muslim nation. She was born into a wealthy family that has become Pakistan’s dominant political dynasty. Often referred to as the “Kennedys of Pakistan,” the Bhuttos share a painful history of triumph and tragedy, played out on an international stage. Educated at Harvard and Oxford, Benazir’s life changed forever when her father, Pakistan’s first democratically elected president, chose Benazir, instead of his eldest son, to carry his political mantle. After her father was overthrown and executed by his handpicked Army Chief, Benazir swore to avenge him and to restore democracy – or die trying.
“We’re pleased to be working with Duane, Glenn, and their team on the release of ‘Bhutto,'” said Wishman in a statement. “The story of Benazir Bhutto and the Bhutto family is Shakespearean in its scope and drama, and Duane’s comprehensive and revealing film will entertain and enlighten audiences around the world.”