Bhutto

Thu, 04/21/2011 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

WXXI's Community Cinema invites you to a free screenings of the Independent Lens film Bhutto.

Join us Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m. as WXXI's Community Cinema presents a screening of Bhutto. The event is free and open to the public. The screening will be held at WXXI's Studios and followed by a panel discussion.

Bhutto is an entertaining, compelling and heartbreaking story about the first Woman to lead in an Islamic Nation. She was the prime minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto. Bhutto went from being born into a wealthy family to being a dominate political figure in Pakistan.

This documentary shows the life of a true hero and a true fighter. Her death sent shock waves throughout the world, and left controversy and courage that will be debated for years.

Panelists for the group discussion include:

Dr. Muhammad Shafiq, the executive director of the Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue (CISD), and professor of Islamic and religious studies at Nazareth College. In addition, he is the Imam of the Islamic Center of Rochester, Inc.  Dr. Shafiq holds a Ph.D. from Temple University, and a M.A. and B.A. from the University of Peshawar.

Dr. Shafiq has written over 40 articles and several books, including Interfaith Dialogue: A Guide for Muslims (International Institute of Islamic Thought: 2007). His most recent article addresses the level of interfaith dialogue between different interfaith groups in the Rochester area. "Abrahamic faiths: Models of Interfaith Dialogue in the United States (A Case Study of Rochester, New York)" was published in Peace-Building By, Between, and Beyond Muslims and Evangelical Christians, edited by Mohammed Abu-Nimer and David Augsburger, Lexington Books, 2009.

Syed Ahmed is one of the founding members, and ex general secretary of the Pakistani American Society of Rochester. He has an MBA from Simon School of Business at U of R, and is a vice president and general manager at Xerox Corporation.  Syed has lived in Rochester for 25 years, and currently resides in Pittsford with his wife Najia, and two kids.

Dr. Tabassam Javed, a retired psychologist , is past president of Pakistani American Society of Rochester, past board member of Islamic Centre of Rochester, and a current  member of the Pakistani Community of Rochester. He has a deep and passionate commitment towards enhancing understanding between different faith communities in the area. Dr. Javed is also actively involved in volunteering for the Islamic Centre of Rochester. In 1972 while at college in Pakistan Dr. Javed was very involved on the college campus with the elder Bhutto, Benazeers' father's peoples party. Since his departure from Pakistan in 1974, he has  not been active in Pakistani politics, but continues to be a keen observer of political developments as they affect the US Pakistan relations.