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Director, Cyrus Nowrasteh really knows how to capture his audiences sympathy in the film, The Stoning of Soraya M. set in Iran. This devastating, drama-crime film is based on French-Iranian journalist, Freidoune Shahebjams book La Femme Lapid

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The Stoning Of Soraya M. Imagine you hold a deep dark secret, one that could scar people's minds. The only way that you can let people know about your secret, is if you go out of your way, possibly by putting your life into danger. Would you still do it? Now imagine, you were the witness of your dear niece that was forced to be stoned because of a punishable act that she never even committed. You don't want to let such cruel incident going by unknown to the rest of the world. Would you do whatever it takes to let your voice be heard? Director, Cyrus Nowrasteh really knows how to capture his audience's sympathy in the film, 'The Stoning of Soraya M.' set in Iran. This devastating, drama-crime film is based on French-Iranian journalist, Freidoune Shahebjam's book La Femme Lapid�e, written in 1990, that is based on a true story (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stoning_of_Soraya_M.). This film gives the true meaning of emotional abuse and one can have a first hand experience as they share the main character's tragedy throughout this R-rated film. The outstanding acting, storyline, use of dialogue, powerful themes, and background music contribute to a film that will definitely not disappoint its viewers and grab their attention from the beginning until the very end. ...read more.


This usually discourages the viewer to continue watching the whole movie. It makes a true-life story seem quite untrue. "The voices of women do not matter here. I want you to take my voice with you," says Zahra to the journalist as she begins to uncover the incident. A good movie is one that lingers with you once it is over; this is because of the effective dialogue used in the film. The same can be said for 'The Stoning of Soraya M.' I just sat still for a couple of moments as the movie finished, and started recalling the quotes of the characters, especially those by the daring Zahra. "A Sheikh? More like a holy whore," is another piercing quote by Zahra. The use of profound words adds to the severity of the movie. Whoever has watched this movie can say the same, they just start discussing the various scenes in the movie, this is the effect that powerful dialogue creates, it makes one think about the film long after it has finished, compared to films with rather clich�d dialogue as in 'Provoked'. The theme of corrupted Islam followed by Ali and the Mullah versus the real Islam followed by Zahra and Soraya adds intensity and excitement to the film, as viewers are forced to see how Islam is given a bad image because of people like Ali and the Mullah. ...read more.


This reveals her freedom and breakthrough of struggle; this music is accompanied by the memories of her two daughters in the meadow, perhaps one of the happiest scenes in the movie. It can be agreed that the prolonged scene of the stoning has a grotesque and gruesome exposure on the audience and may make them feel uneasy. However, I believe that such a strong scene was necessary in this movie; to demonstrate the sad practices that are carried out to this day; this is the main part of the film that brings out the empathy and completely moves the viewer. It was necessary to include an effectively powerful stoning scene, as the viewers would expect something of a similar content because of the title of the movie itself. The Stoning of Soraya M. opens up the viewer's eyes to see how the Muslim people coming from rural areas misuse the practice of Islam, and this film invites more people to accept Islam as a true religion through the reference of true Islam by Zahra. It brings out every emotion within the viewer, such as pain, anger, suffering and happiness. I believe that the elements of acting, storyline, dialogue, themes and background music adds excitement, hype, tension and a touching factor to this highly anticipated must-watch film! ?? ?? ?? ?? Sanah Bukhari ID:41249 Evaluation Essay 1 1 ...read more.

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