Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Jon Stewart
Production: Open Road Films
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
103 min


When I was nine,

my sister took me

to the Shrine of Masumeh.

It was beautiful.

But I'll never forget

the smell.

A mix of sweat,

and the rosewater

they showered down

on the faithful.

I used to think

only the most pious

carried that seem.

Mazi jaan...

Mazi jaan...


Wake up.

These men want

to talk with you.

Get up, sir.

And get dressed.

We are here now.

Hi. Hi.

Would you like

to come back tomorrow?

It is a bit of a mess.

It is my childhood room so...



Take some.

We don't want to impose.

You come with the sunrise,

you go through

my son's belongings,

and you say you

don't want to impose?

Put on your scarf, madam.

Do I provoke you?

Mother, mother...


Why do you have so many films?

Because I've always

liked watching them.

I've been watching them

since I was a kid.

What is this?

This is porno?

No. No, no.

It is an Italian film.

Uh, an art film.

This is porno.


Do you know about this?


she doesn't know.

It is an art film from Italy.

What is this?

Next time you see my face,

show some respect.

I will.

You motherfucker!

You shot my foot!

The Sopranos.




Leonard Cohen?



It's beautiful, but ominous.

Keep it.

I got it for you.

It's just some music.

Jewish? Porno? Porno?



Yes. Could be. Yes.


What does this say?

I don't know.

You don't know?

No, it's in German.

I don't know.

But it's from your room

and you don't know?

Yeah, but it's

my late father's.

God bless him.

Confiscate this.


You know if you can't

reach me at the office,

you can always call my sister.


And you have

her work number?

Yeah. Yeah. Yeah.

And if I can't

reach you?


I'm going to miss you.

We have to make

the extra cash, no?

I know.


With this guy coming in here.

It's crazy how, like,

you're one month pregnant

and you're already like this.

Go away.

Hey. Ah, I felt it.


I think so. Yes.

What do you want from us?

Do you come in peace?

It's just one week.

There is great anticipation

in the run-up to

Iran's presidential election

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,

the hardline incumbent,

is no longer

the guaranteed victor.

His opponent, the more moderate

Mir-Hussein Mousavi,

has been gaining quickly

and could be poised

for an historic upset.

But Ahmadinejad's student

organizer Alireza Abkar

still believes.

So-called Western

democracy is corrupt

because it reflects

only the will of the people.

Why the Iranian state

is superior?

Well, where do I begin?

We have a big, huge backing

of Ali Khamenei,

and he supports

Ahmadinejad's motives.

He understands

it's an Islamic state,

not a corrupt,

Westernized environment

which Mousavi would like.

Kids today.


I'd love for you

to reconnect with him

now that the elections

are upon us.

You think he'll still

want to talk?

Yes, I mean, if I bring

him some Maltesers,

he will talk.

Allah is no match

for London chocolates.

It's not funny.

I'm sorry?

It's pathetic.

Ahmadinejad or whoever,

they take these

poor street kids,

who've got nothing,

give them food

or sweets or whatever.

Indoctrinate them

to spout this gibberish.

It's pathetic,

and that's the real story

we should be doing.

He's from here.


Alireza, he's from here.

He's an Iranian Brit.

He was born and raised here.

He's educated.

He doesn't need the chocolates.

He just misses them.

Well, off we go.


Let's go.

Thanks, Bobby.

Remember Lindsey Hilsum's

out there

if you need anything

from Channel 4.



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Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz; November 28, 1962) is an American comedian, writer, producer, director, political commentator, actor, and television host. He hosted The Daily Show, a satirical news program on Comedy Central, from 1999 to 2015. Stewart started as a stand-up comedian, but branched into television as host of Short Attention Span Theater for Comedy Central. He went on to host his own show on MTV, The Jon Stewart Show, and then hosted You Wrote It, You Watch It, also on MTV. He has also had several film roles as an actor, but has done few cinematic projects since becoming the host of The Daily Show in 1999. He was also a writer and co-executive producer of the show. After Stewart joined, The Daily Show steadily gained popularity and critical acclaim, and during his tenure, The Daily Show won 22 Primetime Emmy Awards. Stewart is known as an outspoken, humorous critic of personality-driven media shows, in particular those of the U.S. media networks such as CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. Critics say Stewart benefits from a double standard: he critiques other news shows from the safe, removed position of his "news satire" desk. Stewart agrees, saying that neither his show nor his channel purports to be anything other than satire and comedy. In spite of its self-professed entertainment mandate, The Daily Show has been nominated for news and journalism awards. Stewart hosted the 78th and 80th Academy Awards. He is the co-author of America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction, which was one of the best-selling books in the U.S. in 2004, and Earth (The Book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race, released in 2010. more…

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