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The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008)

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A desperate woman asks for a meeting with a journalist to disclose the cruel and inhumane punishment of her niece.



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6 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Zahra
... Soraya M.
... Freidoune Sahebjam
... Ali
Ali Pourtash ... Mullah
... Ebrahim
... Hashem
... Mrs. Massoud
... 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


A drama set in Iran and centered on a man, Sahebjam, whose car breaks down in a remote village and enters into a conversation with Zahra, who relays to him the story about her niece, Soraya, whose marriage had a tragic ending. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


When a deadly conspiracy became a shameful cover-up, one witness refused to be silent.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a disturbing sequence of cruel and brutal violence, and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 October 2009 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

La verdad de Soraya M.  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$115,053, 28 June 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$655,647, 20 November 2009
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

| (Spanish dubbing mix)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »


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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Mobarak Baad
Written by Hamedanian
Performed by Hamedanian
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A must-see film...
23 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

Saw this film recently at a special "pre-screening". The Stoning of Soraya M. is one of the few movies you will vividly remember to your dying day. It is almost unwatchable, yet you can't take your eyes off the screen. To think that women are still going through this today, creates a sense of obligation to see this movie. I can't stop thinking about all the women who encounter this type of injustice around the globe. Shohreh's performance is stunning and she surely deserves an Oscar nomination. She literally has pages of written text on her face, in one glance she communicates so much. Though tough to watch at places, I don't think it any different then the senseless violence in summer blockbusters and horror films. This film is a testament to the hundreds of thousand of voiceless women around the work.

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