BHUTTO (20110) – 1 PM FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018

BHUTTO is the definitive documentary that chronicles the life of one of the most complex and fascinating characters of our time. Hers is an epic tale of Shakespearean dimension. It’s the story of the first woman in history to lead a Muslim nation: Pakistan. Newsweek called Pakistan the most dangerous place in the world, and the home of nuclear war heads and the Taliban.

Benazir Bhutto was born into a wealthy landowning family that became Pakistan’s dominant political dynasty. Often referred to as the “Kennedys of Pakistan,” the Bhuttos share a painful history of triumph and tragedy, played out on an international stage. Educated at Harvard and Oxford, and with an eye on a foreign service career, Benazir’s life changed forever when her father, Pakistan’s first democratically elected president, chose Benazir to carry his political mantle over the family’s eldest son.

In the late 70’s, when President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was overthrown and executed by his handpicked Army Chief, Benazir swore to avenge her father and restore democracy – or to die trying. Benazir Bhutto may have broken the Islamic glass ceiling, but she was wed in a traditional arranged marriage to then-Karachi playboy Asif Ali Zardari.

Her two terms in power saw acts of courage and controversy as she eradicated polio and stood up for women, while fighting the male-dominated political elite, and a nervous military leadership, while battling accusations of corruption and scandal. In 2007, with the South Asian country rolling in turmoil and under the thumb of yet another military dictator, Benazir was called back onto the world stage as Pakistan’s best hope for democracy. With her assassination she transcended politics, but left a legacy of simmering controversy and undeniable courage that will be debated for years.

Trailer . . . . . . . . . . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwAPubfJ0r8

IMDb . . . . . . . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1524095/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Wikipedia . . . . . . . . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benazir_Bhutto

Documentaries shown and discussed in 2018.

MONASH (2008) . . . . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1181609/?ref_=nv_sr_1

BUDRUS (2009) . . . . . . . . . . http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1542411/?ref_=nv_sr_1

PANDORA’S PROMISE . . . . . http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1992193/?ref_=nv_sr_1

FOOD, INC . . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1286537/?ref_=nv_sr_4

David Schwimmer’s Sexual Harrassment Series

Domino effect of Harvey Weinstein’s sex harassment scandal
Gretchen Carlson- How we can end sexual harassment at work – TED Talk – TED.com

BANKSY DOES NEW YORK . . . . . . http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3995006/?ref_=nv_sr_1

INSIDE JOB . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1645089/?ref_=nv_sr_1

FIRST AUSTRALIANS (7 one hour episodes)


  • The U3A Port Phillip “DOCOS” class is held at 1pm on Friday afternoons.
  • Dates for remaining classes for Term 1 are 16 and 23 March.
  • Some documentaries are 2 hours long. So that there is sufficient time for a discussion afterwards we will start sharp on 1 pm. Please allow sufficient time to park your car and are seated by 1 pm.
  • After class please join us for coffee at Sandbar Beach Cafe at 175B Beaconsfield Pde, Middle Park.
  • Class members are encouraged to lead a session on a topic of their choice. The room will be setup for you. The documentary video will also be run for you. You only need to introduce the documentary and facilitate the class discussion.

SUBMITTING AN APOLOGY: If you cannot attend a class and wish to submit an Apology please do the following:

  1. Go to the U3APP homepage at http://u3app.org.au and login.
  2. Scroll down the page that opens to the Managing your bookings/enrolments section (the second last section) and click on the link to the Your Courses and Events page.
  3. On this new page scroll down to the Apology section where you will see all the classes you are registered for.
  4. Now click on the Apology link after the name of the course, and SEND the email that is generated.
  5. This email goes to the U3APP Office where your Apology for the next class will be entered into the attendance records.

Some of the documentaries shown and discussed in 2017.

JULIAN BURNSIDE – Julian was a speaker at U3APP the following day.
TEDxSydney Talk. . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iF4s75ZPano

CITY IN THE SKY  – Presented by class member, Ken White, a retired Boeing 747 pilot.
Departure . . http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4r3fsb 
Airborne . . http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4r3c1n
Arrival . . http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4r3cr1

Documentary . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-a-29jpmXaY
Update . . . . . . Leonardo da Vinci painting sells for record $591 million at auction in New York

NICCOLO DI BERNARDO DEI MACHIAVELLI (3 May 1469 – 21 June 1527) was a Florentine historian, politician, diplomat, philosopher, humanist, and writer during the Renaissance. Machiavelli’s name is a byword for immorality and political scheming. But that’s deeply unfair. This was simply a political theorist interested in the survival and flourishing of the state.
Background. . . . . . en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niccol%C3%B2_Machiavelli
Trailer. . . . . . . . . . . youtube.com/watch?v=AOXl0Ll_t9s

THE VIENNA SUMMIT is a superb documentary by Professor David Reynolds. In 1961, John F. Kennedy met the Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev in an atmosphere of intense Cold War friction and rivalry. This film tells the story of that meeting.
Background. . . . . . en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vienna_summit
Trailer. . . . . . . . . . . youtube.com/watch?v=YUG9AAsq6Sk
Kennedy . . . . . . . . . . youtube.com/watch?v=fSZSbIAZlpQ
Khruschev . . . . . . . . youtube.com/watch?v=Mm0yQg1hS_w
Documentary . . . . . .  youtube.com/watch?v=dfxSN1LQqB0

THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS  was a 13-day (October 16–28, 1962) confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union concerning American ballistic missile deployment in Italy and Turkey with consequent Soviet ballistic missile deployment in Cuba. The confrontation is often considered the closest the Cold War came to escalating into a full-scale nuclear war.

EDWARD SNOWDON – Presented by class member, Bev Fryer
Edward Snowden was an analyst with the USA’s NSA. He turned whistleblower and leaked classified information about global surveillance programs used by the American government to spy on people around the world and other nations activities. Is Snowdon a traitor, or a hero, for exposing unwarranted SURVEILLANCE of innocent people? The documentary will provide information that will help you to decide.
More about Edward Snowdon is here . . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Snowden
The documentary shown is here . . . . . . . . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5sruXcDghA