Jon Stewart is bes tknown for The Daily Show where he routinely skewers the daily news. Now he’s adapted and directed the story of Iranian-born Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari who was arrested in Iran on charges of espionage while covering the 2009 elections in that country. He was held for 118 days and interrogated over and over and over again. Gael Garcia Bernal plays Bahari in the movie as he endures this trial. Let’s take a look.
Early buzz on this is positive but also a little mixed. It looks like it might be good though and you should probably make a plan to see it. It’s a harrowing story of torture and abuse that happened now in the world we live in.
Rosewater is out 7th November. Here’s the synopsis.
Rosewater is based on the best-selling memoir by Maziar Bahari. The film is the directorial debut of Jon Stewart, and stars Gael García Bernal. Rosewater follows the Tehran-born Bahari, a journalist with Canadian citizenship. In June 2009, Bahari returned to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who was the challenger to president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As Mousavi’s supporters protested Ahmadinejad’s victory declaration hours before the polls closed, Bahari endured personal risk by sending footage of the street riots to the BBC. Bahari was arrested by police, led by a man identifying himself as “Rosewater,” who tortured and interrogated him over the next 118 days. With Bahari’s wife leading an international campaign to have her husband freed, and media outlets keeping the story alive, Iranian authorities released Bahari on bail and the promise he would act as a spy for the government.