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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.


Cyrus Nowrasteh


Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh (screenplay), Cyrus Nowrasteh (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
6 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »





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


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 »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Persian | English

Release Date:

9 October 2009 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

La verdad de Soraya M. See more »


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:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Digital (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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One of the most brutal and moving films ever made
15 February 2012 | by mabwasrealSee all my reviews

I watched this movie three days ago and it still haunts me and has kept me up at night. The title of the movie reveals how this story ends but nothing could have prepared me for the brutality depicted in the inevitable stoning scene. Many other reviewers have summarized the plot so I won't go into that, I'll just say that this movie NEEDS to be seen. This woman's story needs to be told. The world needs to know the reality of life for women in patriarchal societies, and this movie tells just one of the many stories of women who have endured the kind of treatment Soraya did.

To sum it up, this film broke my heart. The two female leads are such strong actors that you feel like you're experiencing the events with them. You feel their disbelief, their rage, their fear, their helplessness, their pain. When Soraya bravely walks to the spot where she knows she will die, when she sees the pile of rocks, when the first stone strikes her... and the next one, and the next one...you feel what she feels. Even though you know from the beginning what happens to Soraya you keep hoping that somehow the events unfold differently than they do. But they don't, and the result is absolutely devastating.

Be forewarned, this film presents a graphic depiction of a public stoning. It is brutal, cruel and extremely disturbing. The scenes will stay with you. But that is the point. The world needs to know what Soraya and countless women like her have experienced, because educating ourselves is the only way atrocities like this will end.

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