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Rosewater (2014)

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Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari is detained by Iranian forces who brutally interrogate him under suspicion that he is a spy.

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Javadi (Rosewater)
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Davood
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Baba Akbar
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Moloojoon
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Maryam
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Paola
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Alireza
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Haj Agha
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Hassan
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Rahim
Ayman Sharaiha ...
Blue-Eyed Seyyed
Zeid Kattan ...
Seyyed
Ali Elayan ...
Channel One State TV Interviewer
Nidal Ali ...
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Based of a true story about a journalist who gets detained and brutally interrogated in prison for 118 days. The journalist Maziar Bahari was blindfolded and interrogated for 4 months in Evin prison in Iran, while the only distinguishable feature about his captor is the distinct smell of rosewater. An interview and sketch that Maziar did with a journalist on The Daily Show was used as evidence that Maziar was a spy and in communication with the American government and the CIA. Written by abivians

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Biography | Drama

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Rated R for language including some crude references, and violent content | See all certifications »

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27 November 2014 (Israel)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$567,038 (USA) (21 November 2014)

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$3,093,491 (USA) (19 December 2014)
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Jon Stewart's directing debut. See more »

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Charles "CK" Redlinger is listed as a "Secruity Supervisor." [sic] Additionally there are two listings for "Saftey" [sic] personnel. See more »

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Maziar Bahari: [narrating] When I was nine my sister took me to the Shrine of Masumeh. It was beautiful. I will never forget the smell. A mix of sweat and rosewater they showered down on the faithful. I used to think only the most pious carried that scent.
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Referenced in Matzav Ha'Uma: Episode #8.10 (2014) See more »

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Written by Mahdyar Aghajani
Courtesy of Mahdyar Aghajani
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A movie you just want to like more
15 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Given the importance of a free press and the direction of the much- loved John Stewart, you just wanted this movie to be more entertaining or, at least, thought-provoking. Unfortunately, it produces both in somewhat limited quantities. Stewart, who clearly does snark on an Olympic-level does excel here at showing the ridiculousness of the Iranian charges against the Time reporter they imprison, beat and torture. He shows the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad regime to be petty, out-of-touch and trying to stay in power by fighting the previous overthrow of the Iranian government which did involve the involvement of the West to install the former Shah of Iran. Of course, covert CIA operations have long since been replaced by the coordinated actions of ground-level young people using Twitter and the deep web to coordinate. Stewart demonstrates these realities well and provides a realistic portrayal of the tactics used by these particular torturers (which resemble those used by torturers through history and geography). The movie just feels more like reportage than drama and the reporters eventual release isn't quite the end of "Shawshank Redemption". In short, still worth seeing if you enjoyed "Syriana" or a have a particular interest in global politics or history.


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