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‘Rosewater’ Trailer: Jon Stewart Makes Directorial Debut — Watch

Fri, August 29, 2014 11:59am EDT by 1 Comment

Jon Stewart’s directorial debut was nothing less than emotional. The trailer for his film, ‘Rosewater’ has been released and it’s worth the watch.

Jon Stewart, 51, debut as a feature-film director is motivated above all to lay out an emotional work of art. This came after interviewing Maziar Bahari, a man who had to face imprisonment on charges of espionage while covering a story for Newsweek. The movie is a powerfully acted political drama about human endurance in the face of oppression. Watch the trailer here.

‘Rosewater’: The First Trailer For Jon Stewart’s Directorial Debut

Jon Stewart famously took time off last summer from his nightly TV gig to travel to Jordan to create an adaptation of a book by a man who had been a guest on his show The Daily Show both before and after his ordeal. Maziar Bahari, whom the movie is about, is a journalist who was arrested and tortured in Iran for 118 days in 2009.

The movie took Maziar’s encounter from his book, Then They Came for Me, which was his first hand account of the unbearable treatment that he came upon while on assignment from Newsweek. He went to Tehran in June of 2009 to cover the popularly contested presidential election between Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his opponent, Mir-Hossein Mousavi.

There he found more than he bargained for. He was arrested on charges of espionage and found himself in prison with no contact with the outside world, not even his family.

Maziar’s First Hand Account Will Leave You Speechless

The trailer starts out relatively calm, but quickly escalates when Maziar is arrested, just nine days after the election. He is taken from the home of his elderly mother (Shohreh Aghdashloo) by agents who accuse him of possessing “pornography” such as DVDs of Pasolini’s Teorema and The Sopranos.

He then undergoes rigorous torture and mind games with being held at Evin Prison, a nondescript, gray-walled bunker, that doesn’t see the light of day.

Maziar’s character is played by actor Gael Garcia Bernal, in Jon’s film adaptation.  

Rosewater opens in several cities on November 7. It premieres next at the Toronto International Film Festival.

What do you think, HollywoodLifers, will you be waiting in line at the theater to see Rosewater? Do you think Jon Stewart will continue to dive into the movie business? Let us know.

— Brittany King

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