Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Stoning of Soraya M

Today one of my RAs brought to campus the movie The Stoning of Soraya M., which is a movie based on the true story of Soraya Manutchehri, a 35 year old woman who was stoned to death after her husband falsely accused her of adultery so that he could marry a 14 year old girl.

It was a really good movie, albeit a gory one - I didn't watch most of the actual stoning scene, because I have a weak stomach and a tendency to have images stick with me for a really, really long time.

The director was there and answered some questions from the audience. The movie is based on the book of the same name, written by French-Iranian journalist Freidoune Sahebjam. The part that I found most interesting was probably the fact that he said that practically all of the conflict that was shown in the movie within any of the men of the village came for dramatic effect, not from Sahebjam's research. In the book, which is non-fiction, there's no conflict from the men in the village - they're all for it. But in the movie, to deepen the characters a bit and in order to keep from villainizing Iranian men, they added some conflict, specifically in the character of the mayor, who ran the "trial" (if you chose to call it that) in which she was eventually found guilty.

Good movie, though it'll stick with you for a while. And don't be ashamed to look away during the actual stoning scenes - I had to.

1 comment:

  1. Popping in to respond to your comment on my blog about running the half-marathon: When I signed up for the marathon, I was only running 3 miles at a time. It's all about the training. If you like running, you should totally do the half marathon. I signed up for a free training service through the marathon that would email me every day to tell me how much I should run every day, which days to do cross training, and which days to rest. That way, you build up to running about 10 miles so you're ready for the half-marathon.

    It wasn't a walk in the park, and my legs are still a little sore, but I did it and I didn't die, and I could still walk afterwards. The hardest part of the half-marathon, for me, was signing up. Making the decision to actually do it. The rest from there was easy.


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