Maziar Bahari

Journalist and filmmaker Maziar Bahari offered a unique insight into the often closed world of Iran. His many articles, reports and documentaries explored the political and domestic life of the troubled country. He was ... Read more »
Born: 05/25/1965 in Tehran, IR

Filmography

Director (4)

Forced Confessions 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

And Along Came a Spider 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Director

Voyage of the Damned 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Director

The Voyage of St. Louis 1993 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (2)

Forced Confessions 2011 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The Daily Show 2011 (Tv Show)

Guest
Writer (2)

Rosewater 2014 (Movie)

(from book: "Then They Came For Me: A Family's Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival") (Source Material)

Forced Confessions 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (1)

Forced Confessions 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)
Other (1)

Rosewater 2014 (Movie)

(Production Consultant)

Biography

Journalist and filmmaker Maziar Bahari offered a unique insight into the often closed world of Iran. His many articles, reports and documentaries explored the political and domestic life of the troubled country. He was even jailed for his work. Born in Iran, he moved to Pakistan in 1987 to work with Medecins Sans Frontiers, UNHCR and the Red Cross before immigrating to Canada to study Communications. In his first documentary, "The Voyage of the Saint Louis" (1995), Bahari interviewed survivors of the ill-fated ship that left Nazi Germany looking for safe harbor in 1939, making him the first Muslim filmmaker to tackle the Holocaust. In 1997, he began filing reports from his home country and was appointed as Newsweek's Iranian correspondent in 1998. He also filmed several documentaries covering various facets of Iranian life including "And Along Came a Spider" (2003), "Mohammad and the Matchmaker" (2004) and "Targets: Reporters in Iraq" (2008). On June 21, 2009 Bahari was accused of espionage, incarcerated by the Iranian authorities and forced to appear on TV renouncing his previous work and accusing western journalists of spying. A major campaign, organized by his wife, petitioned for his release with Hilary Clinton, Newsweek and Reporters Without Borders backing the cause. After 118 days in jail, $300,000 was paid in bail; on release he joined his wife in the U.K. Bahari disowned his statements made during captivity and launched a complaint against Press TV (who aired the interview) stating he had been coerced via physical and mental torture. Ofcom ruled in Bahari's favor and fined Press TV £100,000. Random House published his autobiography, <i>Then They Came For Me</i> in 2011, which was universally acclaimed by critics. Jon Stewart, host of "The Daily Show" (Comedy Central 1999- ), acquired the film rights. In his directorial debut, Stewart also collaborated with Bahari on the script. The film adaptation, "Rosewater" (2014), starred Gael Garcia Bernal.

EDUCATION

Concordia University

Milestones

2011

Autobiography <i>Then They Came For Me</i> released

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