Photo Flash: First Look at Jon Stewart's Directorial Debut ROSEWATER
Entertainment Weekly has debuted the first stills from Jon Stewart's directorial debut ROSEWATER, based on the New York Times best-selling memoir Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival, written by BBC journalist Maziar Bahari. Check them out below!
A true story, the film marks the screenwriting and directorial debut of The Daily Show host and anchor Jon Stewart, and stars Gael Garcia Bernal, leading an international cast. ROSEWATER is produced by Scott Rudin, Stewart, and Gigi Pritzker, with Lila Yacoub and Eli Bush serving as executive producers.
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 Moussavi, who was the prime challenger to controversial incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As Moussavi'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.
Gael Garcia Bernal
Gael Garcia Bernal, Jon Stewart