Watch: Jon Stewart's All 'Rosewater' Recap Episode of 'The Daily Show'
Jon Stewart's directorial debut, the feature film Rosewater, is now playing in theaters as of today. To celebrate the film's release, last night's "The Daily Show" hosted by Jon Stewart was an episode dedicated entirely to Rosewater everything. They started by recapping the segment recorded in Iran that first lead to journalist Maziar Bahari's imprisonment in 2009, featuring Jason Jones who made the segment. Then they bring out Maziar Bahari for a discussion, ending with actor Gael García Bernal, who plays Bahari in the film. Stewart, still awkward about hosting a show to promote a movie he made, let John Oliver host while he hid in the background. It's a refreshing, fun recap of the story behind this film and the people who made it.
John Oliver hosts the show, and Jason Jones, Tim Greenberg, Gael Garcia Bernal and Maziar Bahari discuss the inspiration for and making of the film Rosewater, directed by Jon Stewart. Here's all four segments:
For more footage and to watch the entire episode of The Daily Show, head to thedailyshow.cc.com. Jon Stewart's film Rosewater is now playing in select theaters nationwide - for theater listings click right here.
We have been covering Rosewater since very on, starting with the initial news that Stewart would take a break to film last summer. Here's one recap of the production last year, before its release this year. I saw the film myself at its premiere in Telluride - read my review. Now it's playing in theaters, catch it while you can.
In 2009, Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari was covering Iran's volatile elections for Newsweek. One of the few reporters living there with access to US media, he also appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, in a taped interview with comedian Jason Jones. The interview was intended as satire, but if the Tehran authorities got the joke they didn't like it — and that bit of comedy would come back to haunt Bahari when he was rousted from his family home and thrown into prison. Rosewater, written and directed by Jon Stewart, will premiere at Telluride & TIFF. Open Road Films will release the film November 14th this fall.