Dir. jon stewart | drama | U.s.a. | 2014 | 103 min.
SUNDAY, March 22, 2015 - Chilmark Community Center
Discussion to follow (via Skype) with Maziar Bahari, whose story inspired the film;
Vineyard Gazette publisher Jane Seagrave will moderate
"The world's leading fake newscaster turns out to be a real filmmaker." — A.O. Scott, The New York Times
This gripping true story marks the screenwriting and directorial debut of Daily Show host Jon Stewart. In June 2009, Stewart interviewed BBC journalist Maziar Bahari,
an Iranian-born Canadian citizen. A few days later, when Bahari returned to his native country to interview the prime challenger to incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, protests erupted after Ahmadinejad’s declaration of victory. Bahari smuggled protest footage to the BBC and was soon arrested, interrogated, and tortured for 118 days. The Daily Show interview was used as evidence against him. Bahari’s courage is transcendent, Stewart’s filmmaking riveting.
Jane Seagrave, former senior vice president of the Associated Press in New York City, and current publisher of the Vineyard Gazette, will moderate the post-screening discussion (via Skype) with BBC journalist Maziar Bahari.
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