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    Rosewater marks the feature-film writing and directing debut of former "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart. Based on the thrilling true-life story of Maziar Bahari, Rosewater follows the Tehran-born, Canadian-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. For this, Bahari was arrested by police 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.

    The film features Gael García Bernal as Maziar Bahari, and an international cast that includes Shohreh Aghdashloo and Kim Bodnia.

    Please join the Amnesty International Edmonton chapter as we present one of this year's International Week Keynote speakers, Marina Nemat, who will be sharing her remarkable story of courage and how she managed to transform herself from victim to survivor to activist.

     

    Marina was born in 1965 in Tehran, Iran. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, she was arrested at the age of sixteen. Her “crime”: complaining when the math and history lessons in her school were replaced by Koran instruction and political propaganda. She spent more than two years in Evin, a political prison in Tehran, where she was tortured and came very close to execution.

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