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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.

Director:

Cyrus Nowrasteh

Writers:

Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh (screenplay), Cyrus Nowrasteh (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shohreh Aghdashloo ... Zahra
Mozhan Marnò ... Soraya M.
Jim Caviezel ... Freidoune Sahebjam
Navid Negahban ... Ali
Ali Pourtash Ali Pourtash ... Mullah
David Diaan ... Ebrahim
Parviz Sayyad ... Hashem
Vida Ghahremani ... Mrs. Massoud
Vachik Mangassarian ... Morteza Ramazani - Soraya's Father
Bita Sheibani Bita Sheibani ... Leila
Noor Al Taher Noor Al Taher ... Kataneh
Haya Al Taher Haya Al Taher ... Malaka
Khalid Khan Khalid Khan ... Warden
Sheede Dana Sheede Dana ... Second Woman
Fay Yan Fay Yan ... Bita
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Storyline

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

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

Genres:

Drama

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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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

Persian | English

Release Date:

9 October 2009 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

La verdad de Soraya M. See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$115,053, 28 June 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$655,647, 20 November 2009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Digital (Spanish dubbing mix)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Ghochani
Written by Goudarzi
Performed by Goudarzi
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Incredibly Poignant Film
25 April 2009 | by ladyofliliesSee all my reviews

I saw The Stoning of Soraya M. a few months back at a screening, and it was so incredibly poignant that just watching the newly-released trailer brought tears to my eyes. Tears for the woman upon whom this film is based, and tears for many others like her, throughout the world, who have no voice.

The Stoning of Soraya M. is well-paced overall and does a fantastic job of bringing the audiences into Soraya's helpless situation, as we, just as helplessly, witness the malicious or cowardly decisions of others that will eventually lead to her demise.

The film treats Islam with sensitivity and in no way implicates the religion itself in the brutal practice of stoning. Shohreh Aghdashloo's character, a Muslim, decries the stoning as against the will of God.

It is important to note that the film accurately depicts a stoning, and is therefore not for the feint of heart, but seekers of truth and justice will appreciate the candor with which it portrays the gruesome nature of the heinous practice.

I commend Cyrus Nowrasteh, Shohreh Aghdashloo, and the film's producers for their courage in making this film. Thanks to you, "the world will know."


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