Screening - DINNER WITH THE PRESIDENT

DINNER WITH THE PRESIDENT

Time

Date

Location

Admission

12:30pm

Monday, October 3, 2011

EMBASSY OF SPAIN

FREE

Directed by
Sabihar Sumar and Sachithanandam Sathananthan
Country

Pakistan (2007)

Running time

Language

Genre

52 mins

English and Urdu

Documentary

Synopsis

Filmmakers Sabihar Sumar and Sachithanandam Sathananthan ask what democracy means in Pakistan, where its main promoter is the Chief of the Army who assumed power through a military coup, and where society often still functions according to older tribal rules for political and social life.  Despised by many tribal leaders and admired by the urban-elite, President Musharraf discusses his path towards democracy for Pakistan.  What does it mean when the army appears to be the only force able to contain the opponents of democracy, the armed Islamists?  President Musharraf agrees to explore this apparent contradiction over dinner at his official residence, the Army House.  As the discussion moves in and out of the different worlds in Pakistan, it reveals a society unique yet universal.