Sunday, 14 November 2010


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

Academy award nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand and Fog) stars in the heroic role of Zahra, an Iranian woman with a burning secret. When a journalist (Jim Caviezel, The Passion of the Christ, Deja Vu) is stranded in her remote village, she takes a bold chance to reveal what the villagers will stop at nothing to keep hidden.

Thus begins the remarkable account of what happened to Soraya (Mozhan Marno), a kind, spirited woman whose bad marriage leads to a cruel, divorce-seeking husband to conspire against her, trumping up charges of infidelity, which carry an unimaginable penalty. Moving through a minefield of scheming, lies and deceit, Soraya and Zahra will attempt to prove Soraya's innocence in a legal system that is stacked against her. But when all else fails, Zahra will risk everything to use the only weapon she has left - her fearless, passionate voice that can share Soraya's story with the world.

The Stoning of Soraya M. is inspired by Paris-based journalist Freidoune Sahebjam's acclaimed international best-seller of the same name which, rife with intrigue and moral outrage, first brought global attention to the real Soraya, who in 1986 was buried to her waist in her hometown square and stoned to death by her fellow villagers.

Directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh
Written by Betsy Griffen Nowrasteh & Cyrus Nowrasteh

Ok, so I've been putting of watching this for a while, not because I didn't want to see it. As Jonny would say, "ooh that sounds like a happy film, right up your street!". No, it was more that, from the title, you know straight away it's going to be a rough ride.

When I watched this film for the first time I cried pretty much from start to finish (I am a girl, give me a break!). Watching it now, for the second time, this film hasn't lost any off its power. I still have that same foreboding feeling as i did first time round (less crying this time though!) From the first scene where Zahra walks down to the river and buries the little that is left of Soraya's body, you are transfixed. Everybody involved is excellent, especially Shohreh Aghdashloo, who plays Zahra with such strength and fearless determination, and Mozhan Marno, whos dignified portrayal of Soraya does justice to her memory. Also,the actor who plays Soraya's husband(Navid Negahban) did such a good job that i'll find it difficult to like him in anything else he does, sorry!

I don't really want to go through the film step by step, we know how it's going to end and It would be a shame to ruin the journey you have to go on to get there. I will say though, that although some parts are pretty horrific it's worth every minute and I've been left with an overwhelming feeling of hope.

If you're thinking this film is just about some outdated and cruel form of justice that goes on in other countries far away from our cosy little western lives, it isn't. Its essentially a good old fashioned film about good and evil and it gives you back that belief that, as one person, you can still make a difference.

Anyway, I don't think any review i write can do this film justice so go and watch, NOW! (oh, and be kind, this is my first ever written rewiew, I just usually rant over a glass of wine, thanks) ,

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Please view the trailer below.

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