“Rosewater” screening and Q&A with formerly imprisoned journalist

World Affairs Council of Houston will host a film screening of “Rosewater” followed by a discussion with formerly imprisoned journalist Maziar Bahari.

The event will take place from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the River Oaks Theater, located at 2009 West Gray Street in Houston. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m.

Maziar Bahari

“Rosewater” is a film written and directed by “The Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart, based on Maziar Bahari’s memoir “Then They Came for Us.” The movie recounts Bahari’s return to Iran where he covers the 2009 presidential elections and its ensuing riots for “Newsweek.”

Falsely accused of espionage, Bahari is arrested and turned over to “Rosewater,” a brutal interrogator who subjects the reporter to months of beatings and torture to force him to confess to being a spy.

“Rosewater” is a tale of a man clinging to hope for his future with memories of his past.

Bahari is an Iranian-Canadian journalist and filmmaker. He was a reporter for “Newsweek” from 1998 to 2011. He has produced a number of documentaries and news reports for broadcasters around the world including BBC, HBO and Discovery Channel. Bahari’s films include: “Iranian Style;” ”Targets: Reporters in Iraq; Online Ayatollah” and “An Iranian Odyssey.” In September 2009, Bahari was nominated for the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord.

Admission is $20 for World Affairs Council of Houston members and $35 for nonmembers.

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