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FEATURING
Benazir Bhutto, Steve Coll, Senator Sartaj Aziz
DIRECTED BY
Pascale Lamche
MPAA RATING
NR
RUNNING TIME
108 Mins. (25 Mins. Bonus)
DISTRIBUTED BY
Facets Video
DVD EXTRAS
25 Mins. Bonus Interviews
 "Long Live Pakistan" Review 
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Produced in conjunction with the 60th anniversary of an independent Pakistan, French director Paschale Lamche's marvelous doc Long Live Pakistan is getting a fantastic release from those folks at Facets Video. The film features one of the last filmed interviews with former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto before her assassination, Long Live Pakistan explores the country's brief but turbulent past and the ways in which its geo-political landscape impacts its social and political existence.

The film also explores Pakistan's antagonistic relationship with India, its controversial relationship with Afghanistan and its long-standing history of switching alliances to fit its needs.

This DVD collection is 108 minutes in length, and includes 25 minutes of bonus footage/interviews. The film is shut in English, French and German, and subtitles are available.

Exhaustively researched and passionately constructed, Long Live Pakistan is an excellent view for anyone who wishes to be more fully informed about global issues and the ways in which they impact the larger world. Pakistan has an extraordinary history for such a brief existence, and Lamche captures it with clarity and inspiration.

For more information on renting or purchasing Long Live Pakistan, visit the Facets Video website.


© Written by Richard Propes
The Independent Critic
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