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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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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 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

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

Gross USA:

$637,421

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,090,260
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Technical Specs

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

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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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important and moving
26 June 2009 | by danstiller40See all my reviews

I almost didn't go see The Stoning of Soraya because of how graphic I heard it was, but I was invited to an early screening and it blew me away. It's shocking and hard, but I feel like everybody needs to see this movie to understand what these women are dealing with.

Of course we need to be active for women's rights and human rights everywhere, and I hope this will wake people up to it even more. All the physical violence in this movie is played out in emotional violence every day to many women in every country.

This movie is also absolutely beautifully shot with a great score-can't wait to see if it goes up for an Academy Award.


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