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Writers (WGA):
Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
9 October 2009 (Sweden) See more »
When a deadly conspiracy became a shameful cover-up One witness refused to be silent.
A distressed woman, desperately asks for a meeting with a journalist, to disclose the cruel and inhumane punishment of her niece. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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The brutality of The Stoning moved me to tears. See more (95 total) »


  (in credits order)

Shohreh Aghdashloo ... Zahra

Mozhan Marnò ... Soraya M.

Jim Caviezel ... Freidoune Sahebjam

Navid Negahban ... Ali
Ali Pourtash ... Mullah

David Diaan ... Ebrahim

Parviz Sayyad ... Hashem

Vida Ghahremani ... Mrs. Massoud

Vachik Mangassarian ... Morteza Ramazani - Soraya's Father
Bita Sheibani ... Leila
Noor Al Taher ... Kataneh
Haya Al Taher ... Malaka
Khalid Khan ... Warden
Sheede Dana ... Second Woman
Fay Yan ... Bita
Salti Hasan ... Mrs. Hashem
Laila Qutub ... Mehri
Talal Nabil Morcos ... Kamran
Abdullah Shaheen ... Mohsen
Shukreyeh Thijeel ... Mourning Woman
Fadela Rashem ... Mourning Woman
Sabiha Faleh ... Mourning Woman
Zoro Shaswar ... Ali's Friend
Jalal Zadhaley ... Ali's Friend
Aras Raffi ... Ali's Friend
Yousef Shweihat ... Ringmaster
Rami Hamati ... Circus Boy
Fadi Joseph Hamati ... Circus Boy
Yasha Keyt ... Servant Girl

Prasanna Puwanarajah ... Revolutionary Guard
Yahya Hussein ... Mohammed
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zeid Al-Yasoufy ... Circus Drummer

Sahar Bibiyan ... (voice)
Mizyed Azrai ... Reza (uncredited)

Maggie Parto ... Vo (uncredited)

Directed by
Cyrus Nowrasteh 
Writing credits
Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh (screenplay) &
Cyrus Nowrasteh (screenplay)

Freidoune Sahebjam (book)

Produced by
Todd Burns .... co-producer
Diane Hendricks .... executive producer
Jason Jones .... associate producer
Stephen A. Marinaccio II .... line producer
Stephen McEveety .... producer
Thomas J. Papa .... executive producer
Tracy K. Price .... executive producer
David Segel .... executive producer
John Shepherd .... producer
Original Music by
John Debney 
Cinematography by
Joel Ransom 
Film Editing by
David Handman 
Geoffrey Rowland 
Casting by
Deborah Aquila 
Jennifer L. Smith 
Tricia Wood 
Production Design by
Judy Rhee 
Art Direction by
Bradley Schmidt 
Set Decoration by
Rana Abboot 
Costume Design by
Jane Anderson 
Makeup Department
Jason Hamer .... makeup effects supervisor
Aimee Macabeo .... special makeup effects: hair technician
Mike Mekash .... special makeup effects artist
Christien Tinsley .... designer and creator: special make-up effects
Hiroshi Yada .... special makeup effects crew: Tinsley Transfers Inc.
Sean Kenney .... lens technician (uncredited)
Production Management
Stephen A. Marinaccio II .... unit production manager
Issa Sawaqed .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matthew J. Clark .... first assistant director
Tamir Naber .... second second assistant director
Trevor Puckle .... second assistant director
Art Department
Rime Al-Jabr .... scenic artist
Amin Charif El Masri .... set dresser
Sana Hashem .... on-set scenic
Fida Ibrahim .... on-set scenic
Sana'a Jaber .... assistant property master
Samy Keilani .... construction coordinator
Karim Kheir .... assistant property master
Emad Al Muhtaseb .... set dresser
Rima Najdi .... set dresser
Fadi Omeish .... picture cars
Zeina Soufan .... scenic
Mona Sultan .... art department coordinator/graphic designer
Samir Zaidan .... scenic artist
Nasser Zoubi .... property master
Sound Department
David Barnaby .... supervising sound designer
Dennis Baxter .... sound
Ethan Beigel .... adr mixer
Ethan Beigel .... re-recording mixer
Ethan Beigel .... supervising sound editor
Evan Beigel .... sound editor
Evan Beigel .... sound effects editor
Joel D. Catalan .... sound editorial assistant (as Joel Catalan)
Mark Hensley .... re-recording mixer
Matt Hovland .... walla mixer
Melissa Kennelly .... foley artist
Shawn Kennelly .... foley mixer
Iván Mayoral .... sound mixer: Spanish dialogue
Baha Othman .... boom operator
Sarah Payan .... dialogue editor
Durand Trench .... foley editor
Special Effects by
Diane Woodhouse .... special effects shop coordinator
Visual Effects by
Christopher C. Brown .... data manager
Dave Dean .... digital compositor
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging supervisor: iO FILM
Martin Hesselink .... visual effects artist
Michael Kowalski .... visual effects supervisor: Soho VFX
Paul Lemeshko .... visual effects artist
Erwin Lievre .... digital compositor
Derick Loo .... visual effects artist: Soho VFX
Allan Magled .... visual effects supervisor: Soho VFX
Ciaran O'Connor .... digital compositor: Soho VFX
Mihaela Orzea .... lead compositor: Soho VFX
David Rose .... digital compositor: Soho VFX
Frankie Stellato .... animator: SohoVFX
Sarah Swick .... production coordinator: Soho VFX
David Van Woert .... titles
Ian Eyre .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Hosni Al Baqa .... lighting technician
Sasha Proctor .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Peter Wilke .... camera operator: "a" camera
Animation Department
Lee McNair .... senior animator
Casting Department
Lara Atalla .... casting: Jordan
Patty Majorczak-Connolly .... adr voice casting
George Naouri .... casting assistant
Mark Sussman .... adr voice casting
Lisa Zagoria .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kathryn L. Bucher .... costumer
Phaedra Dahdaleh .... wardrobe textile artist
Karma Hijjawi .... costume buyer
Abd Elfattah Rayyan .... costume assistant
Sierra Robinson .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Brian Beard .... digital intermediate editor
Carmen Del Toro .... digital conform assistant
Stephen A. Marinaccio II .... post production supervisor
Michael Mintz .... digital film colorist
Steve Sahagun .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Sussan Deyhim .... musician
Sussan Deyhim .... vocalist
Kevin Kaska .... orchestrator
Melanie Mullens Hoyson .... score production supervisor
Steve Salani .... music scoring engineer
Michael Stern .... music recording engineer
Other crew
Nathaniel Albro .... intern
Heather Askew .... script supervisor
Harry S. Boileau .... data capture assistant
Christopher C. Brown .... data manager
Jeff Brue .... technical advisor
Otto Burnham .... data manager
Carolyn Burns .... production executive
Todd Burns .... production attorney
Fahim Fazli .... adr voice
Laura Fearon .... production accountant
Jennifer Haire .... production coordinator
Amna Al Hawaj .... production assistant
Diane Howard .... interviewer: journalist
Andrew Hyatt .... creative executive
Soraya Kelley .... voice
Roman Kopelevich .... sales agent
Jordan Melograna .... production assistant
Josh Rader .... development executive
Joanna Repsold .... assistant to producer
Jessica Shannon .... production accountant
Steven E. Simon .... assistant to the upm
Wayne Tidwell .... data capture engineer
Fred Foote .... thanks
Paul Kampf .... special thanks

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Rated R for a disturbing sequence of cruel and brutal violence, and brief strong language
USA:114 min | Argentina:114 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital | Dolby Digital (Spanish dubbing mix)
Argentina:18 | Australia:MA15+ | Canada:14A (British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Mexico:B-15 (with warning) | Norway:15 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R

Did You Know?

At the location where the jail scene was to be shot a prison riot broke out the day before causing a lockdown and a "prison" had to be constructed.See more »
Continuity: When Soraya gives her jewelry to her daughters, both girls cup their hands to receive both items, not knowing which sister is being given which piece. This happens both times, even when the younger daughter has received her necklace already.See more »
[first lines]
Title Card:Don't act like the hypocrite, who thinks he can conceal his wiles while loudly quoting the Koran. - Hafez, 14th Century Iranian Poet
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69 out of 88 people found the following review useful.
The brutality of The Stoning moved me to tears., 26 June 2009
Author: jenny-645 from United States

After watching the injustice and betrayal that Soraya, the lead character, suffered in this film I can no longer be silent about the injustice going on in this world today. The human rights violations happening in our world stabs at the heart of human dignity. The story starts off slowly and builds to a brutal and bloody ending that I did not expect. It sheds light on how one man's selfishness can incite a mob mentality against an innocent woman. The lack of compassion in the villagers is astounding, but the silence of justice is deafening. See this film as soon as you can! It is informative, life-changing and it makes you reevaluate what side of good and evil you really stand on. Choosing to not speak out is the same as condoning the crime.

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