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The Stoning of Soraya M.

The Stoning of Soraya M.

Movie
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On DVD: 
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Grade:
A-
Running Time: 
116 mins

I covered the theatrical release of this film last summer. Sadly, it was only a limited release, so I’m guessing that most of you never got a chance to see it. If not, that’s a shame, but you have a chance to make that up now. This gut-punch of a movie is incredibly hard to watch, but its subject matter makes it something that everyone needs to witness.

My theatrical review covered most of the plot, but main points are as follows: an Iranian woman named Soraya is falsely accused by her husband of infidelity. Given the way that the “justice” system in their town works (or doesn’t work), it’s not long before he’s gotten “witnesses” to testify against here. Despite the efforts of a couple of friends in town to help and protect her, Soraya is doomed to death by stoning.

It’s a brutal film and a sickening story, but it’s one that needs to be told and heard. It’s completely alien to me that something like this still goes on, but sadly this sort of messed up stuff is a reality. If anything good can come out of this film, I hope that it’s to awaken people to the atrocities that happen the world over every day.

The special features on this DVD are fairly sparse: commentaries and a making-of documentary. Obviously the focal point here is the main feature. Buy it, rent it…just make sure you watch it. And brace yourself before you do. It’ll be a rough trip.

Jeremy Hunt
Review by Jeremy Hunt
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