Broadsheet Trailer Park: Rosewater



What you may need to know:

1. Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari was imprisoned and brutally interrogated for 118 days while reporting for Newsweek on the 2009 Iranian presidential elections.

2. Bahari’s interrogator would only identify himself as ‘Rosewater’, hence the title.

3. The film has been adapted from the bestseller memoir ‘Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity and Survival (2011)’ by Jon Stewart of the Daily Show. Stewart is also making his directorial debut here.

4. The Daily Show has another connection to this story. This interview between Bahari and Jason Jones, the comedic foreign affairs correspondent for the Daily Show, was used as evidence of Bahari’s association with American spies by the Republican Guard.

5. It’s a young Che without the motorbike.

6. Iranian State TV have described the film as “an ultra-formulaic movie commissioned by his masters, a story of the American-Israeli sedition in 2009”, as “anti-Iranian propaganda” and says Stewart’s clearly being manipulated by the “Zionist lobby.”

7. Broadsheet Prognosis: Not comedy central

Release Date: TBC

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13 thoughts on “Broadsheet Trailer Park: Rosewater

  1. Anne

    Love Jon Stewart. He’s Jewish, but does a very good job at challenging a lot of U.S. Israeli lobbyists.
    Colbert is my fav though. Passed him in a bagel store once.. easy on the eye too. mmm

    Movie looks good.

  2. rotide

    He’s not really Jewish. The same way a lot of us in this country were born “catholic” but arent.

    1. Mikeyfex

      Indeed, he’d find it harder to distance himself if he still went by Jon Leibowitz. Also, if it wasn’t for a knee injury we’d have had no Daily Show as he’d have been too busy with his professional footballing career.

    2. Nigel

      But you were raised Catholic in a Catholic culture and a predominantly Catholic culture, which makes you culturally Catholic the same way he’s Jewish. I don’t regard myself as a Catholic, yet it’d be difficult to deny that Catholcism has informed my identity to some degree.

      1. rotide

        No, I’m culturally Irish with all the baggage that entails. I left any religion i was born with behind me a long long time ago.

        1. Nigel

          And being Protestant or Catholic is a big part of being Irish, even if you react against it. For example, you will always and forever be an ex-Catholic. A lot of modern Irish culture is about shaking off Irish Catholcism. It’s… inescapable.

        2. rotide

          I’m sorry but that’s rubbish. I’ve been Irish for a long time and I was catholic for about 8 or 10 of those years. Saying that I’ll always be an ‘ex-catholic’ is a nonsense since it was never something i chose to be or lived as. It’s like saying you’ll always be an ‘ex-teenager’ or an ‘ex-pupil who was taught about geography before plate tectonics became the accepted theory’.

          As to Jon Stewart, I have no idea how he was raised , whether in an orthodox or liberal manner with regards to religion, but he isn’t now or hasn’t been religious for a long time. As such he is culturally american.

      2. Anne

        Agreed Nigel, and IMO kind of goes without saying .. (hence my Okie doke).
        But idiots need the obvious explained sometimes.

        As another commenter – Spartacus put it recently, Rotide isn’t really best known around here for his intellectual rigour.

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