Remember last summer when Jon Stewart took time off from “The Daily Show,” handing over the reins to John Oliver?
Well, he was away to direct his first-ever movie “Rosewater” and its trailer is finally out.
The story is based on “Then They Came For Me,” the memoir of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari co-written with Aimee Molloy.
It focuses on Bahari's imprisonment in Iran under the assumption that he is a spy. The reporter was detained for more than 100 days due to an interview he conducted on Stewart’s show during the country's controversial 2009 presidential election.
Iranian interrogators used Bahari’s appearance on "The Daily Show" – in a segment entitled “Persians of Interest” – as evidence of his alleged “media espionage.”
While the detained journalist doesn’t hold Stewart responsible for the ordeal, he stated in an interview that the host probably felt a personal connection to the story because his own name “came up in a dark interrogation room in a prison in Iran.”
Mexican actor Gael García Bernal stars as Bahari in the movie, which has garnered positive reviews and is set to debut at the Telluride Film Festival this weekend before its viewing at the Toronto Film Festival.
Rosewater releases to limited theaters Nov. 7.
You can also watch Bahari and Stewart discussing censorship in Iran here during a conference by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.