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Jon Stewart Stopped by the Newseum to Show Off His Debut Film

RosewaterThe host of “The Daily Show” Jon Stewart sat down with PBS’ Newshour’s Gwen Ifill at the Newseum on Sunday night to discuss his first foray into filmmaking following a private screening of his debut film, “Rosewater.”

Stewart was joined by Maziar Bahari, the Iranian-born journalist and inspiration for the film, along with the Committee to Protect Journalists’ Joel Simon.

“Rosewater,” was adapted from Bahari’s autobiography “Then They Came For Me.” It follows the story of the former Newsweek reporter (played by Gael Garcia Bernal) who was unjustly imprisoned in Iran for recording and publishing images of violent protests in Tehran in the wake of the 2009 Iranian presidential elections.

The film paints a disturbingly real picture of Bahari’s nightmarish 118 days spent in solitary confinement for simply doing his job—reporting the news.

Stewart told the panel that he chose to tell Bahari’s story because it is representative of many other lesser-known journalists reporting in countries with oppressive governments. Their stories often go untold.

While Bahari’s imprisonment eventually received national media attention that ultimately led to his release, the panelists said it is important to remember that there are too many other reporters that haven’t been as lucky.

“Maziar had a wonderful infrastructure behind him.. but you have a lot of freelancers out there that have no infrastructure behind them. Nobody is watching their back so they become even more vulnerable to any type of pressure or repression,” Stewart said.

“Rosewater” debuts on Thursday.

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Morning Prize Patrol

Late last week we asked readers to submit new, ingenious questions for our Friday FishbowlDC Interview. The prize? Tickets to tonight’s screening of Nat Geo‘s “Seal Team Six.” Your names will be sent to the proper authorities. Tickets will be at Will Call. The movie begins at 7 p.m.

Without further ado, here are the winners. Each wins a pair of tickets to the movie and reception at the Newseum. All questions will appear in future FishbowlDC interviews. Congratulations to all!

1. Daphne Domingo: ”What’s on your Bucket List? What items have you crossed off from the list (recently) and what do you hope to cross off soon?”

2. Betsy Schroeder: “What is your go-to dance move? (You can really tell a lot about a person!)”

3. A woman calling herself “Gloria Borger” writes in: “Tell the story of the time you were most drunk in a professional setting. And (assuming you didn’t throw up), who would you most have liked to barf on?” We don’t believe it’s the CNN Gloria Borger. Still, we like the question. We’re checking in on who we think is the fake Gloria for a real name so “she” can win the tickets.

4. Politico publicist Olivia Petersen: “Have you ever become starstruck around a celebrity?” And, “Have you ever become starstruck around a celebrity?”

5. Katherine Trujillo writes, “If you could supplant the setting for the Osama Bin Laden raid from Pakistan to any other locale–a different time, a new place, heck you could even shift the ideologies of the parties involved–what would would the setting be and what soundtrack would you have blasting in the background?”