Howe Records to release Rosewater
Howe Records has announced the release of the Rosewater (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack),
available digitally today and on CD December 9, 2014.
Director Jon Stewart turned to composer Howard Shore to compose the original music. In addition
to Shore’s score, the album includes tracks from musicians Mahdyar Aghajani, 25 Band, and Leonard Cohen.
"I was happy to be able to contribute to this important story which also gave me the opportunity
to collaborate with Jon and this group of gifted classical musicians," said Shore.
The feature film Rosewater is based on The New York Times best-selling memoir Then They Came for Me:
A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival, written by the BBC journalist Maziar Bahari.
A true story, the film marks the screenwriting and directorial debut of “The Daily Show” host and
executive producer Jon Stewart, and stars Gael García Bernal, leading an international cast.
Rosewater follows the Tehran-born Bahari, a 42-year-old broadcast journalist with Canadian citizenship
living in London. In June 2009, Bahari returned to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who was
the prime challenger to controversial incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As Moussavi’s supporters
rose up to protest Ahmadinejad’s victory declaration hours before the polls closed on election day, Bahari
endured great personal risk by submitting camera footage of the unfolding street riots to the BBC.
Bahari was soon arrested by Revolutionary Guard police, led by a man he nicknamed "Rosewater" for his
fragrant cologne, who proceeded to torture and interrogate the journalist over the next 118 days.