Inspired by the true-life story of Iranian-born journalist Maziar Bahari, this movie recounts how he was arrested while in his birth country to cover the 2009 presidential election between hard-line incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and moderate challenger Mir-Hossein Mousavi.
Ahmadinejad ended up winning by a 63 to 34 per cent margin, but there were allegations of widespread electoral fraud that sparked street protests. In the crackdown that followed, Bahari, who was then working for Newsweek, and had also appeared on Jon Stewart’s satirical Daily Show, was arrested, jailed and tortured.
Rosewater, of course, was directed by Stewart. The movie screens at the RPL Theatre Thursday Feb. 19 and Saturday Feb. 21 at 9:30 p.m., and Friday Feb. 20 and Sunday Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. Here’s the trailer: