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Gael García Bernal in "Rosewater." Photo by Open Road Films

WATCH LIST: November 2014

By Observer Staff

Rosewater
DIRECTED BY JON STEWART, STARRING GAEL GARCÍA BERNAL, SHOHREH AGHDASHLOO AND GOLSHIFTEH FARAHANI (Open Road Films)


The Daily Show host Jon Stewart makes his directorial and screenwriting debut with a dramatized account of Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari’s five-month detention in Iran. Imprisoned after appearing on Stewart’s show in 2009, Bahari (played by Gael García Bernal) was beaten and interrogated by a guard who smelled like rosewater. Nov. 14

The Lost Gospel: Decoding the Ancient Text that Reveals Jesus’ Marriage to Mary the Magdalene
BY SIMCHA JACOBOVICI AND BARRIE WILSON (HarperCollins Publishers)


Following the success of The Jesus Family Tomb, author Simcha Jacobovici and York University professor Barrie Wilson uncover the secrets of an ancient manuscript from the early church. Translated into English for the first time, the text reveals details about Jesus’ family and political life, including his children with Mary Magdalene and a plot to assassinate him more than a decade before his crucifixion. Nov. 12

Fifty Years of Religious Studies in Canada: A Personal Retrospective
BY HAROLD COWARD (Wilfrid Laurier University Press)


Before the 1960s in Canada, studying religion typically meant poring over Christian texts in a seminary. Today, religious studies has blossomed into a broad field encompassing both eastern and western faiths. Drawing on his 45 years in academia, Harold Coward, professor emeritus at the University of Victoria, offers a personal look at the growth of a discipline. Nov. 15

Christmas
BY MEASHA BRUEGGERGOSMAN (Warner Music Canada)


Canadian opera star Measha Brueggergosman puts her inimitable spin on seasonal favourites in a newly released CD, simply titled Christmas. Highlights include The Little Drummer Boy, Let Joy Reign (an original collaboration with singer-songwriter Royal Wood) and a haunting French version of O Holy Night. A month-long tour in support of the album kicks off in Toronto before heading west and then east, ending up in Newfoundland just in time for the holidays. Tour begins Nov. 19


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