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The Stoning of Soraya M. Review

12 July 2009 8:34 PM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

Short version: The Stoning of Soraya M. is an important film that needs to be watched - especially considering the current world political climate.

Screen Rant reviews The Stoning of Soraya M.

The Stoning of Soraya M. is based on a true story and a book by Iranian-French journalist Freidoune Sahebjam. It is about the stoning death (murder, more accurately) of a 35 year old woman in a small village in Iran during the rule of Khomeini in 1986.


James Caviezel plays Freidoune, an Iranian expatriate visiting Iran on assignment when he runs into Zahra (played with usual intensity by Shohreh Aghdashloo), Soraya’s aunt, who convinces him to visit her to listen to her story. He is reluctant at first (seemingly sharing some native attitudes about womens’ lack of worthiness), but Zahra’s forthrightness and intensity convince him to give her a chance. He turns on his tape recorder and she begins to tell her tale. »

- Vic Holtreman

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Iran's Silent Majority

1 July 2009 3:27 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

By David Diaan

Many people do not know or are not old enough to know that Iran was a modern country before the Islamic revolution of 1979.

Despite the restrictions the Shah put on freedoms of speech and press with the control of his regime over many aspects of the government, my Iran was a colorful, happy and safe Iran. I went to a coed school. Girls were free to expose their hair, wear short skirts and laugh out loud!

After school, I watched my favorite shows on TV such as “I Dream of Jeannie,” “Bewitched,” “Mission Impossible,” “The Six Million Dol »

- Lew Harris

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David Diaan

1 July 2009 3:23 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Iranian-American David Diaan is a multi-hyphenate actor, writer, director, producer,  who can be last seen in the feature film “The Stoning of Soraya M.,” which premiered at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival. In 2003, despite the Islamic Republic of Iran's strict laws and surveillance of public and private life, he traveled to his homeland of Iran and filmed, directed and produced the documentary “Iran Is My Home.” Diaan’s screenplay "The Apology" won first prize in the 2004 Slamdance Screenplay Competition. »

- Lew Harris

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