Longtime viewers of The Daily Show will recognize former Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari as a frequent guest on the program. In 2009, he appeared in a segment that also featured Daily Show contributor Jason Jones pretending to be a spy. It was meant as a joke, but it led, in part, to Bahari's incarceration. The Daily Show's host, Jon Stewart, felt kind of bad about it. So he took a summer off from the show and directed a movie about Bahari, writing the script with J.J. Abrams and casting Gael García Bernal as the Iranian Canadian journalist. Whatever greenness Stewart displays as a filmmaker is offset by his earnestness in telling Bahari's story (103 min.).
Director: Jon Stewart
Producer: Scott Rudin, Jon Stewart, Gigi Pritzker, Lila Yacoub, Eli Bush and Chris McShane
Cast: Gael García Bernal, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Golshifteh Farahani, Dimitri Leonidas, Haluk Bilginer, Andrew Gower, Arian Moayed, Numan Acar and Nasser Faris