The Stoning of Soraya M.

The new film “The Stoning of Soraya M” opens in theaters on June 26. Based on a true story, it centers on an Iranian woman, Soraya, who was brutally stoned to death by her fellow villagers in 1986 after her husband falsely accused her of adultery. Soraya’s aunt takes great personal risks to share the story with the outside world. Creators of the film say current events in Iran give both the story and film a new relevance. Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly managing editor Kim Lawton spoke with Iranian-born Shohreh Aghdashloo, who plays Soraya’s aunt and who says the movie is not anti-Islamic, but rather a celebration of those who stand up for what they believe is right. The actress also reflects on the role of women in Iran’s current political crisis. Lawton also interviewed Cyrus Nowrasteh, the Iranian-American director of the film who says it shows what can happen when people hijack religion for their own purposes, and producer Steve McEveety, who also made “The Passion of the Christ” and who describes the campaign to “target-market” the film to Protestant and Catholics churches.   (Film clips courtesy of Mpower Pictures and Roadside Attractions)

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  • Bryce

    Great film! I saw it in theaters a few days ago and was utterly blow away. I highly recommend again it for activist and film-lover alike. It’s a definitive must-see.

  • robert bowman

    how can i view this movie??

  • An Iranian Boy

    The most stupid movie I have ever seen,if possible I would stone the director.

  • Amin

    The movie was very bright and intelligent in uncovering another ugly aspect of the religion Islam which must be eliminated.

  • shiek yerbooti

    Anyone who believes America should be compliant to sharia law should examine this movie closley. The injustice and outright barbarism that radical Islam condones is wrong on every level imaginable. I hope this movie envokes people to realize that these injustices are really happening. Of couse the “Iranian Boy” thinks this movie is stupid, it’s not likely he’s going to have to worry about using his face for a catchers mit while his people chuck rocks at him. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.