Jon Stewart’s first film as a director, “Rosewater,” opens in theaters on Friday. The film is based journalist Maziar Bahari’s book about his detention in Iran in 2009. Manhola Dargis wrote about the film on Thursday for The New York Times and includes this background.
This fictional movie tells the story of the real Maziar Bahari, an Iranian-born journalist living in London who was arrested in Iran while covering the 2009 elections for Newsweek. Accused of being an agent for foreign intelligence organizations, he was thrown into the Evin Prison, where he was interrogated and beaten, partly for the surreal reason that he had appeared on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.”
Here’s the trailer: