The Stoning of Soraya M.

Soraya is buried up to her waist in the harsh, infertile land of Iranian village. Her creamy gown turned red, the pores of her face are cut opened and thick blood rushes out of it. She cries in excruciating pain while everybody stones her to death.

Based on true events mentioned in the best-selling book written by French-Iranian journalist Freidoune Sahebjam “The Stoning of Soraya M.” is a portrayal of insanity displayed by people like us in the name of Islamic law, religion and man-supremacy. A poor burqa clad woman amidst male dominance implies exploitation and despair. The extremely prejudiced laws which are made long back are surprisingly continuing to live even today. May be the volume of tyranny decreased due to education and awareness but even its minute presence in the modern world is electrifying.

Soraya was married with two sons and two daughters till Ali (her husband) fell in love with a 15 year old teen. Now he expects divorce from Soraya to fulfill his desires to marry the young flower. But it’s a straight NO! from Soraya as she cannot raise her daughters without the support of her husband (Ali would take the boys and leave the girls to soraya) and Ali can’t give divorce as he is not that rich to pay for everything which came from Soraya’s house (As per the law if a man wants to give divorce, he has to give back everything which came from her wife’s house). Sticky situation, what to do?

Here enters all the secret planning, trickery, politics, strategies and trap-making. Ali with some mullah tries out a plan to destroy his wife and even succeeds at it. Zahra’s (Soraya’s aunt) narration of the stoning is captivating. Shohreh Aghdashloo made Zahra a strong and bold Muslim women who could overpower the misogynist men.

Mozhan Marno (Soraya) will make you cry in the end. With her black long hairs and beautiful face, it’s hard to digest the stoning of her.

This film yells out loud the situation of women in the Middle East, how they are overpowered and treated like an object. Say it the brutality of men or the black cloth of illogical laws which has been tied to their eyes.
“The Stoning Of Soraya M.” is shocking, controversial and painful.
X-fac: Watch out for the stoning scene, you’ll close your eyes or end up in tears.



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