2015 Season

In 2009, Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari was covering Iran's volatile elections for Newsweek. One of the few reporters in the country with access to US media, he made an appearance on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart". The interview was intended as satire, but if Tehran's authorities got the joke - they didn't like it. They rousted Bahari from his family home and threw him into prison. Making his directorial debut, Jon Stewart tells the tale of Bahari's months-long imprisonment and interrogation in this powerful and affecting drama. Recounting Bahari's efforts to maintain his hope and his sanity in the face of isolation and persecution—through memories of his family, recollections of the music he loves, and thoughts of his wife and unborn child—Rosewater is both a moving personal story and a tribute to journalists who risk their freedom, and even their lives, to tell the true stories behind world-changing events. Starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Kim Bodnia and Shohreh Aghdashloo, Rosewater is based on the memoir 'Then They Came for Me' by Maziar Bahari with Aimee Molloy. More information about Maziar's campaigning can be found here:
Courtesy of The Works UK Distribution 
UK theatrical release Friday 8th May 2015

Jon Stewart
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In English
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Jon Stewart

After getting his start in New York's stand-up scene, Jon Stewart started writing for television. His on-camera debut was co-hosting Short Attention Span Theatre (90-93), after which he hosted The Jon Stewart Show (93-95) and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (99-14). He has also appeared in a number of films including Half Baked (98), Big Daddy (99), and The Beaver (11). Rosewater (14) is his feature directorial debut.