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The Stoning of Soraya M [DVD]


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  • Actors: Shoreh Agdashloo, Jim Caviezel
  • Directors: Cyrus Nowrasteh
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Persian, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: High Fliers
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Feb 2011
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00450AGA0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,196 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In a harsh and repressive society a lone voice courageously dares to tell the world of an act of unimaginable cruelty. Cased on an incredible true story this is the powerful tale of a village's persecution of an innocent woman. Who will join forces with the plot against her, who will surrender to the mob and who will dare to stand up for what is right. Starring Academy Award nominee Shohreh Agdashloo in the heroic role of Zahra, an Iranian woman with a burning secret. When a journalist (Jim Caviezel) is stranded in her remote village, she summons the courage to reveal what the villagers will stop at nothing to keep hidden.

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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 July 2010
Format: DVD
I first heard about this film while reading an article about it's star Shohreh Aghdashloo praising her performance. On doing some research I discovered it was a true story and based on on a book of the same name. This film has not been released here in the UK so I bought an imported copy from the US and how glad I am that I did.
The plot surrounds a journalist named Sahebjam who is approached by Zahra (Shohreh Aghdashloo), a woman with a harrowing tale to tell about her niece, Soraya, and the bloody circumstances of her death the day before. Her story attempts to expose the inhumanity of Iranian Law and her last and only hope for justice lies in the hands of the journalist, who must escape with the story - and his life - in order to communicate the violence to the world.
Most of the film is told in flashback as we learn Soraya's story and it is mainly a foreign language film (Persian) with English subtitles but with some English at the beginning and end when Zahra is relating her tale.
As the title suggests the film does become quite graphic as the story reaches it's climax but this is not gratuitous and only heightens the harrowing story. The performances from the stars are simply stunning and quite how Aghdashloo & Mozhan Marno (Soraya) missed out on awards/nominations galore is a mystery, perhaps the films lack of a major international release could explain it, or maybe the subject matter is simply too taboo?
Nevertheless, I would highly recommend this film to all, it really is an injustice that it is not more well known. Snap up a copy today....drama, food for thought, terrific performances, definitely money well spent and you certainly won't regret it!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By TGillespie on 21 May 2011
Format: DVD
Based on the book written by French-Iranian journalist Freidoune Sahebjam, The Stoning Of Soraya M. is a powerful and damning uncovering of the state of human rights for women in Iran. The book was a massive best-seller and is still banned in Iran to this day. While travelling through Iran, Sahebjam (played by James Caviezel in the film) arrived at a small village when his car broke down and learned of the terrible story of Soraya Manutchehri through her aunt, as she revealed to him how the lies and the corruption of powerful men in the village led to the brutal murder of her niece.

Soraya (Mozhan Marno) is unhappily married to the violent Ali (Navid Negahban), who after falling for a 14 year old girl, wants a divorce and to take his two boys away with him. Soraya refuses, as the pitiful support that Ali had offered in return would not be enough to sustain her and their two daughters, whom Ali has no interest in. When Soraya goes to help out the recently widowed Ebrahim (David Diaan) by looking after his house and child, Ali accuses her of adultery, which is a crime punishable by stoning in Iran. Ebrahim is threatened if he doesn't agree with the accusations, and Ali along with the town's mullah (Ali Pourtash), cook up rumours about the infidelity, and eventually Soraya is 'tried' and sentenced to death by stoning. Her aunt Zahra (Shohreh Aghdashloo) campaigns against it but to no avail, and must wait with Soraya while they await the inevitable.

I wouldn't be ruining anything by saying that Soraya is stoned to death towards the end of the film. I mean, the film is called The Stoning Of Soraya M. When it does arrive, it is the most brutal and realistic portrayal of a stoning I've ever seen on screen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gary Selikow on 30 Dec 2013
Format: DVD
THIS MOVIE IS VERY CLOSELY BASED ON A TRUE STORY.

A bloodboling, harrowing and immensely sad movie about an innocent women stoned to death because her evil husband wants her out the way so he can marry a young girl who he has fallen in love with, and so has framed her with the assistance of the Islamic authorities. this movie covers their machinations, the suffering of Soraya and the
In Iran, as we learn, if a women is accused by a man of 'sexual immorality' she must prove her innocence but if a man is accused of adultery the by a woman the woman must prove his guilt.
The story begins and ends with the valiant efforts of the French Iranian journalist to gather the truth of what has happened and bring it to the world. He interviews her aunt Zarah, to gather what happened. Zarah a courageous woman who tried to protect her niece , even demanding the Islamist rabble stone her, rather than Soraya, a mother of young children.
The ends scones in particular are particularly painful to watch and only a psychopath could remain unmoved.

Thousands of women are and girls even as young as nine stoned to death in Iran for 'sexual immorality' every year and it is happening today, Who will have the humanity to speak out against it and support action.

But most disturbing of all is the reaction of the Western hard left to this movie and all other evidence of the horrors commited in Islamic coutnries, dissmeninating the vile party line that it is all propaganda to boost 'Western imperialism.' and the so-called oppression of Muslims.

This is absolutely sickening. Typical of a leftwing radicals! they defend Iranian IslamoFascism and mass murder and horrific oppression of women because they are anti-West and therefore to be championed .
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