By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
A journalist in Iran endures an unthinkable ordeal when he is falsely accused of spying in “Rosewater,” available Tuesday, Feb. 10 on Digital HD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Based on the thrilling true-life story of Maziar Bahari, the political thriller features a top-notch international cast, as well as a script that infuses wit and humor into a terrifying and all-too-real situation. The Combo Pack includes a generous amount of bonus content that sheds additional light on this important story.
“Rosewater” marks the feature-film writing and directing debut of comedian and political “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart. Gael García Bernal (“Cesar Chavez”) stars as Baziar, along with Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo (“House of Sand and Fog”). The critically acclaimed film has earned the prestigious Freedom of Expression Award from the National Board of Review.
Based on “Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity, and Survival,” the best-selling memoir by Bahari and Aimee Molloy, “Rosewater” follows the Tehran-born, Canada-based Bahari as the journalist returns to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Mousavi, challenger to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the country’s contentious 2009 presidential election.
As Mousavi’s supporters were protesting Ahmadinejad’s victory declaration even before the polls closed, Bahari endured personal risk by sending footage of the street riots to the BBC. Police arrested Bahari, led by a man known only as “Rosewater.” He was tortured and interrogated over the next 118 days, while his wife embarked on an international campaign to have her husband freed and media outlets kept the story alive.
Bonus features on Blu-ray and DVD include featurettes on “Iran’s Controversial Election,” “The Story of Maziar Bahari,” “ Real Spies Have TV Shows,” “What Happens in New Jersey…” and “A Director’s Perspective.”