Torture is always going to be a tricky issue. On the one hand, it’s wrong, immoral and dangerous. On the other hand, nothing gets information out of a prisoner quicker than some shock therapy to the abdomen. Or lower. Tirture sucks however, when you happen to be completely innocent. And that’s pretty much the plot of Rosewater.
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.
Rosewater is directed by none other than Jon Stewart, he of the Daily Show fame. If that rings a bell, that’s because Stewart has been putting out witty and inciteful commentary on politics for quite a few years now, with Rosewater being his debut flick. Reviews from the indie film circuit have been positive so far for the film, so it looks like Stewart might have an inspiring tale on his hands.
Rosewater stars Gael García Bernal. It’s out in November.
Last Updated: August 29, 2014