Maziar Bahari


“We were all caught in that uncomfortable zone between trying to save our lives and betraying ourselves.”

Maziar Bahari is an Iranian Canadian journalist and filmmaker. He was a reporter for Newsweek from 1998 to 2011.

Bahari graduated with a degree in communications from Concordia University in Montreal in 1993. Soon after, he made his first film The Voyage of the Saint Louis (1994). He has produced a number of documentaries and news reports for broadcasters around the world including, BBC, Channel4, HBO, Discovery, Canal+ and NHK.

Bahari’s films include Paint! No Matter What (1999), Football, Iranian Style (2001), And Along Came a Spider (2002), Mohammad and the Matchmaker (1994), Targets: Reporters in Iraq(2005), Greetings from Sadr City (2007), Online Ayatollah (2008), The Fall of a Shah (2009) and An Iranian Odyssey (2010). Bahari has been a jury member of number of international film festivals.

A retrospective of Bahari’s films was organized by the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam in November 2007. During the 2009 Iranian Election Protests he was arrested without charge, and detained for 118 days. In September 2009, Bahari was nominated for the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord. Bahari’s family memoir, Then They Came for Me (re-released as Rosewater), was published by Random House in June 2011.