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Dinner with the President
Pakistan/Germany, 2007, 82 minutes, Color/BW, DVD, English/Urdu, Subtitled
Order No. W171222

When Pakistani filmmaker Sabiha Sumar and co-director Sachithanandam Sathananthan request a dinner with President Musharraf as hes facing impeachment charges in 2007, to their surprise the request is granted. They engage him in an enlightening discussion about the past and his vision for the country. Going beyond the dinner table, the filmmakers interview a wide range of Pakistanis including religious fundamentalists and young beach partiers about issues such as the role of women in politics and the meaning of democracy. The conversations reveal a nation full of contradictions, where ethnic and tribal loyalties struggle against modernization. DINNER WITH THE PRESIDENT asks audiences to rethink conventional Western wisdom about individual rights, power, and political process.


EU Award for Best Documentary
Anasy Best Film Award in Abu Dhabi

  • Sundance Film Festival

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    "The movie makes engaging points on the political evolution of Pakistan. Confident and cool-headed, Ms. Sumar is a dynamic screen presence and shrewd interlocutor."
    The New York Times

    "In interviews with citizens of all backgrounds, the filmmakers absorbingly convey the worldview of the Pakistanis - as well as their displaced hopes."
    Time Out

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