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In 2009, Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari was covering Iran's volatile elections for Newsweek. One of the few reporters living in the country with access to US media, he made an appearance 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 it would quickly came back to haunt Bahari when he was rousted from his family home and thrown into prison. Making his directorial debut, Jon Stewart tells the tale of Bahari's months-long imprisonment and interrogation in this powerful and affecting docudrama featuring a potent and performance by Gael García Bernal recounting Bahari's efforts to maintain his hope and his sanity in the face of isolation and persecution-through memories of his family, recollections of the music he loves, and thoughts of his wife and unborn child.

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Budget : $5-10 mn
Box Office : $3.2 mn

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  • Official Trailer 1 2014
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  • 3.5/5
By MovieMavenGal

Best in the moments of absurdity and satire, as you would expect from Jon Stewart. Some of the moments that seem incredible really happened, as the movie is based on the true story of Maziar Bahari's imprisonment in Iran. When his jailer tells him to call his wife to tell her to stop writing letters, he then says, "You have to dial 9 to get out."

The movie is straightforward storytelling of the tumultuous events surrounding the Iranian election in 2009 and what happened to BBC/Newsweek journalist Bahari. Stewart uses Jordan as a stand in for Iran, but also interposes real social media footage like the death of the young student Neda. He refilms Behari's mock interview with Daily...

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