The true story of Maziar Bahari, an Iranian-Canadian journalist who
was thrown in an Iranian prison after he was suspected of being a spy.
Written and Directed by Jon Stewart
Starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Kim Bodnia,
Dimitri Leonidas, Haluk Bilginer, Shohreh Aghdashloo
Based on the book Then They Came For Me: A Family's
Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival by Maziar Bahari
Rosewater is an incredible story of one man's struggle to stand for truth. Maziar Bahari was detained by the Iranian government in 2009 after appearing on a segment of The Daily Show in which he is jokingly referred to as a spy. Because of this, the Iranian government kept him locked up for 118 days in solitary confinement. This film is his story.
Jon Stewart may be a comedian, but he showed he had the chops to take on dramatic projects with this film. The performances are stellar, with Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal capturing Bahari's mannerisms and likeness perfectly. Rosewater is also a great showpiece for the paranoia of the government of Iran under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In the information age, nearly everybody has some form of a camera and that makes it very dangerous for journalists in war zones. Rosewater brings to light how harshly treated these captured journalists and bloggers are, and I hope the film gets to broadcast its message as far as it can be heard.