Filmmaker Maziar Bahari
The films of Iranian-Canadian filmmaker, journalist and human rights activist Maziar Bahari (Tehran, Iran, 1967) provide a detailed picture of modern-day Iran and Iraq.
Bahari emigrated to Canada in 1988, where he studied communications. After his first documentary, The Voyage of the St. Louis (1995), Bahari went to work as a reporter in Iran, including as a correspondent for Newsweek. He was arrested in Iran in 2009 and forced into a confession on TV that he collaborated with American spies - in part because of an interview in the satirical program The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. In 2011, Bahari published his book Then They Came for Me, which he used as the basis for his documentary Forced Confessions (2012) and which Jon Stewart made into the feature fiction film Rosewater (2014). In 2007, Bahari was guest of honor at IDFA. He put together a Top 10, gave a masterclass and presented a retrospective of his films, which deal with political issues as well as Iranians' love for art and football.