Dinner with the President
What are the implications for democracy in Pakistan when secular political parties have succumbed to the Islamic agenda? 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 a complex tapestry emerges, revealing a society unique yet universal. The filmmaker talks to diverse individuals, from labourers to intellectuals, from street vendors to religious right wing political party members, and from journalists to industrialists.
What is their idea of democracy in Pakistan? What is their idea of President Musharraf’s vision of a modern Pakistan? Dinner With the President questions the role a military leader can play in guiding a state towards modern democracy.
This film is a part of the documentary series Why Democracy? – 10 Films from independent award-winning film-makers in China, India, Japan, Pakistan, Liberia, Egypt, Denmark, Russia, Bolivia and the USA.
The Why Demcracy? series:
Egypt We are Watching You
For God, Tsar and Fatherland
In Search of Ghandi
Iron Ladies of Liberia
Looking for the Revolution
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