The Stoning of Soraya M

The Stoning of Soraya M

DVD - 2009
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When a journalist is stranded in her remote village, Zahra takes a bold chance to reveal what the villagers will stop at nothing to keep hidden. Thus begins the remarkable story of what happened to Soraya, a kind-spirited woman whose bad marriage leads her cruel, divorce-seeking husband to trump up false charges of infidelity, which carry an unimaginable penalty.
Publisher: [United States] : Lions Gate Home Entertainment, 2009
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA Sto
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (116 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Based on a book which describes what happened to a woman in a 1980s Iranian village, after the theocratic Islamic Republic had been established. A man is tiring of his wife, whom he beats, and with whom he has fathered two sons and two daughters. He wants to marry a 14-year-old girl, without supporting his wife or returning her dowry. He spreads false rumours about her infidelity, and bullies an illiterate widower to testify against her. The all-too-pliant mayor (“This is a crime against a man, his sons, the entire village; Islam itself!”) and a man posing as a mullah, or Islamic cleric (“This woman has defiled our village. With each stone you throw, your honour will return. “) condemn Soraya to a brutal death by stoning.

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IV27HUjg
Jun 01, 2017

I've read & heard about this practice. It's barbaric, horrid, inhumane. How can people beyond the 12 century still believe in this is beyond me. I could not watch much of it, so used fast forward frequently. The whole concept of how women are treated turned my stomach. It made me feel angry. I'm thankful to the French author and the brave woman who made this public.

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gwenahn
Nov 18, 2016

Under the name of religion or authority of the clergy or of religious tradition, how many absurd, horrific, and unfair things are allowed or supported by its group of people?
Distorted, diabolic religious tradition is even above morals? Children are forced to see their mom being killed and to play the main role to kill their own mother, which is regarded as holy or just because it is granted by the religious authority and by the name of their god??
Where is the very God? The god really lets this ridiculous, cruel thing happen?
I couldn't sleep that night after watching this DVD because I was in overwhelming internal fury. In this 21st century, how can this unimaginable, insensible, unjust, savage, insane thing happen? I'm completely speechless with my heart filled with distress, helplessness, sorrow, despair, heaviness, and darkness.

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erinsnest
Jun 13, 2016

June 13 2016, hmm no special features when downloaded from hoopla.....I feel that I am missing something now, after reading a few of the comments below! (See my other comment below of Nov 2014)....p.s. 2016, 100 years of the vote for women in Canada! Thank you to Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Irene Parlby, and Louis McKinney (The Famous Five) for fighting for our women's rights in this country. (I'm going to be Emily in our local parade on July 1st, and have been having a good time researching these amazing women for the last month or so.)

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breemu
Jun 12, 2016

As much as I was sickened by the orchestration of this woman's murder by her husband, and the insanely barbaric practice of stoning a person to death, I was equally sickened by the complete acquiescence to such horror by every woman of the village. Only one woman dared to speak out - and somehow avoided harm for doing so - surely other women could have joined her in standing up for the victim.

When the women of the village heard the false charges against a woman known for her virtue, they came to her aide only so far as to pray, help her "dress" for her unjust execution, and escort her past the throngs of shouting, leering men fueled by blood lust - all their own husbands, brothers, fathers and sons - to the pit where she would be half buried for the stoning. All the while knowing it was wrong. What were they thinking? What was going through their minds as their own male children gathered stones for the "event", and their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers took turns hacking that pit out of the rocky ground, and the woman's children were made to throw stones at her, and all of their husbands, brothers, sons and fathers shouted obscenities at this innocent mother, wife, daughter and friend, as they tortured her to death?

In the western world, many decades ago, a small minority of women (and an even smaller number of men who loved and supported them) spoke out against the established patriarchal rule of the time. Many of the women were beaten, tortured, imprisoned, locked away in mental institutions, divorced, left homeless, and prevented from ever again seeing their children, simply for wanting women to have legal rights as "persons under the law" instead of being mere chattel owned by either father or husband and with no rights. And they fought - for several decades! - in spite of all the pain, suffering and loss to make way for the kind of society we now take for granted. Could not the women of this village have stood together as well?

It seems unlikely such a small, remote village - or any other village or town for that matter - would have, or could have stoned to death every woman that refused to allow such an outrage to take place, what with women comprising half the population. The men of the village, and this society as a whole, would be at a complete loss without women to tend to households and care for children. A few of the women might even have had the outright protection of loving husbands, brothers, fathers or sons, if push had come to shove.

The corrupt men of such a barbaric, misogynistic system aren't going to willingly give up their power when the system has been engineered so precisely in their favour. A system like this must often be faced down and wrestled out of the hands of the oppressors by those who are being oppressed. Yes, the roots of oppression run exceedingly deep, and the strongest chains that bind us are often the ones in our own indoctrinated, brainwashed minds. But the women themselves (and the men who truly care for them) must rise up and fight if they are ever going to have any hope for freedom, equality, and safety for themselves and their daughters.

Those of us in a freer, more modern society can help by becoming aware of atrocities such as these and signing petitions and writing letters against this and all the other barbaric practices being used in other countries against mostly women and girls, to show support for our fellow sisters, mothers, daughters and friends. Don't see this movie and do nothing.

Watch the Special Features - an Iranian director, and a cast of Iranian actors.

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bitsysmom
May 24, 2016

A powerful, powerful movie, but be warned there is extreme violence shown here. very graphic. A vicious husband in Iran wants to divorce his wife (mother of his four children) and marry a 14 year old girl. The problem is he can't afford to support both women. His solution is to accuse her of adultery. The penalty is death. They tie her hands and place her in a pit and bury her up to her waist and the stoning begins. The first up is her father who disowns her and calls her a whore. Next up is the lying husbands and her two young sons. This is a very harsh movie but something that every women and men should see. All I can say is "thank God I'm Canadian.

blueberrymouse Jan 21, 2016

This is not a true story, but it could be. This might be cinematic proof of why people are fleeing their country today. I just don't understand why these people tolerate these fanatics in real life!

Quimeras Jul 16, 2015

“The Stoning of Soraya M.” is an engaging film with some excellent performances from its cast. I was hoping, however, for an update as part of the DVD’s Bonus Features. What happened to Soraya's daughters? Her sons? Did her murder go unpunished?

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firefly5
Jun 07, 2015

A difficult movie to watch! Stoning is the most evil and horrendous method of execution. It is torture for the person being stoned and it is a practice that is still going on!!! This movie is a true story about an innocent woman and shows graphically how women have absolutely no rights whatsoever. Be sure to also watch the production segment. The difficulties the production crew encountered in making this film are amazing. Jim Caviezel is wonderful as the reporter as are all the other actors in this film. High praise for telling this story!

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Frncrc
Apr 20, 2015

This movie really explains the family politics that goes on in people's lives. It tells you that that religion has nothing to do with the decision to stone people, it has a lot to do with communities perpetrating their own crimes into their next generations. This movie explains how much people need to learn how to be civilized when dealing with life's changes . Very sad movie. The woman is charged with a crime she did not commit. The husband simply wants to get rid of her because she is too vocal for a woman, does not follow commands properly, and can not maintain order to be subject a lesser form of life as a woman. Very sad movie.

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j_a
Sep 25, 2011

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Jul 24, 2011

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Mar 06, 2011

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Oct 13, 2010

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j_a
Sep 25, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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GuybraryTech
Jul 24, 2011

Violence: Soroya's stoning is shown in full. Difficult to watch, even for adults.

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NanaPat
Mar 06, 2011

Violence: extremely visual stonning episode.

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Ugogurl
Oct 13, 2010

Violence: Not for the weak as this story is based on true events and the final scenes in this movie are truly horrific.

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GuybraryTech
Jul 24, 2011

The Stoning of Soraya M. is based on a true story.
Soroya is the mother of four children, and is a well-known figure in the community. Her husband, Ali, works at a prison.
Ali is interested in marrying the 14-year-old daughter of a wealthy inmate who is due to be executed. Ali has agreed to help the inmate in exchange for his daughter's hand in marriage, but first Soroya must grant Ali a divorce.
Soroya refuses, and Ali, intent on marrying the young girl, stops at nothing to get become free of Soroya.

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Ugogurl
Oct 13, 2010

In this Persian movie about life in Afghanistan, a woman must try to save the females in her family only to have her husband betray her by "accusation" over "truth" just because he wants a new and younger model and the laws of the land (made and perpetuated by men) allow him to carry on that way.

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NanaPat
Mar 06, 2011

" 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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