Film 'Rosewater' recreates detention and torture of journalist Maziar Bahari in Iran
Maziar Bahari is an Iranian-Canadian journalist and filmmaker. He was detained and tortured in an Iranian prison after reporting on disputed elections in 2009. In the 1950’s, Bahari’s father was imprisoned by the shah and in the 1980’s, his sister was jailed by the Ayatollah. Bahari wrote a book about his experience titled, Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival. Jon Stewart decided to not only adapt the book to a film called Rosewater, but make it his screenwriting and directorial debut. “Rosewater” was the scent worn by Bahari’s interrogator. WBEZ film contributor Milos Stehlik of Facets Multimedia saw Rosewater at the Telluride Film Festival. He sat down with Bahari and the film’s producer, Gigi Pritzker. Rosewater opens today nationwide.
(photo: Iranian Canadian journalist and filmmaker, Maziar Bahari during the Q&A for the film Rosewater - based on his book, Then They Came for Me, about his true life story, on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 in Chicago. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP))