The opening montage of the film Bhutto merges footage of candidate Benazir Bhutto’s 2008 campaign for Prime Minister of Pakistan with scenes of celebrating supporters and armed opposition alike. The movie’s first moments end with an explosion — Bhutto was assassinated on December 27, 2007. What follows plays like part-political thriller, part-bio-doc. Featuring an expressive soundtrack that combines period rock tracks with traditional Pakistani music, the film tells the history of the troubled nation through the story of the Bhutto political dynasty, beginning with Benazir’s father, the martyred former Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. The story of a privileged girl who comes to politics through the lens of the American 1960s, Bhutto is as inspired as its subject and the film is a timely primer about Pakistani politics.