THE STONING OF SORAYA M.
In a world of secrecy, corruption and injustice, a single courageous voice can tell a true
story that changes everything.
This is what lies at the heart of the emotionally charged experience of THE STONING
OF SORAYA M. Based on an incredible true story, this powerful tale of a village’s persecution
of an innocent woman becomes both a daring act of witness and a compelling parable about
mob rule. 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. It is both a classic fable of good and evil and an
inspiring tribute to the many fighting against injustice all around the world, THE STONING OF
SORAYA M. was a rousing runner-up to “Slumdog Millionaire” as the Audience Favorite at the
Toronto Film Festival.
Academy Award® nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo (“House of Sand and Fog”) stars in
the heroic role of Zahra, an Iranian woman with a burning secret. When a journalist (Jim
Caviezel, “The Passion Of The Christ,” “Déjà Vu”) is stranded in her remote village, she takes a
bold chance to reveal what the villagers will stop at nothing to keep hidden.
Thus begins the remarkable account of what happened to Soraya (Mozhan Marnò), a
kind, spirited woman whose bad marriage leads her cruel, divorce-seeking husband to conspire
against her, trumping up charges of infidelity, which carry an unimaginable penalty. Moving
through a minefield of scheming, lies and deceit, Soraya and Zahra will attempt to prove
Soraya’s innocence in a legal system stacked against her. But when all else fails, Zahra will risk
everything to use the only weapon she has left – her fearless, passionate voice that can share
Soraya’s story with a shocked world.
THE STONING OF SORAYA M. is inspired by Paris-based journalist Freidoune
Sahebjam’s acclaimed international best-seller of the same name which, rife with intrigue and
moral outrage, first brought global attention to the real Soraya, who in 1986 was buried to her
waist in her hometown square and stoned to death by her fellow villagers.
Director Cyrus Nowrasteh, along with his wife and fellow screenwriter Betsy Giffen
Nowrasteh, saw in Soraya one story that stands for thousands of untold tales around the world,
from Africa to Asia, from Europe to America, wherever people are battling prejudice and
injustice. Their screenplay takes the hard facts surrounding Soraya’s fate and carves from them
a lyrical, fable-like passion play that gets under the skin by posing a provocative question: who
among us would throw stones and who would take a stand against them?