Last summer, Jon Stewart took a sabbatical from hosting The Daily Show to direct his first feature film, “Rosewater”, starring Gael Garcia Bernal.
The drama is based on the experiences of Iranian-born Newsweek journalist Maziar Bahari, who was imprisoned & tortured for more than 100 days after Iran’s controversial 2009 presidential election. What makes this even more haunting is the recent imprisonment and horrific execution of journalists in the Middle East – happening right now!
Here’s a brief synopsis that sums up the film nicely:
Rosewater follows the Tehran-born Bahari, a 42-year-old broadcast journalist with Canadian citizenship living in London. In June 2009, Bahari returned to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who was the prime challenger to controversial incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As Mousavi’s supporters rose up to protest Ahmadinejad’s victory declaration hours before the polls closed on election day, Bahari endured great personal risk by submitting camera footage of the unfolding street riots to the BBC. Bahari was soon arrested by Revolutionary Guard police, led by a man identifying himself only as “Rosewater,” who proceeded to torture and interrogate the journalist over the next 118 days.
The haunting drama opens in U.S. theaters on November 7.