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May 06, 2009

The Stoning of Soraya M.

It looks like Gina and I might be attending a sneak preview of the film which won the coveted People's Choice Award at the Toronto International film festival, The Stoning of Soraya M.

Mind you, that's an award which such terrific films as Slumdog Millionaire, Bella, Tsotsi, and Hotel Rwanda have won in years past. It looks like this film, based on a true story, has an important message. And they've got a stellar actor in Jim Caviezel. I've been very impressed how he continues to navigate Hollywood with his strong faith, choosing films which don't compromise him. Here's the trailer:

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viking mother

If this is about a so called "honor" killing (or attempted killing???0 I applaud the film makers.

The status of women - in our country & in some of the world, I think - has DECINED.

The news stories may well cover torture or accusations of torture...but where is the ANGER and the PASSION against stoning women, girls???

Jason Taylor

Viking, those things are done by NATIVES and hence unworthy of the media's passion and anger.

Ben W

Vikingmother, you might enjoy A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, a book about two Afghani women who struggle during the 1970s-present in Afghanistan, through the Soviet invasion, civil war and after. It's a truly beautiful book.

viking mother

Thank you for the comments back...Am always on the lookout for good films, also.



There was a panel and sneak peek trailer of "Soraya M." at last year's Value Voters Summit. The movie is indeed about "honor killings," a barbaric tradition in the Muslim world that is starting to sneak into the West.

@Jason Taylor

You're correct about sexism being okay to the PC crowd as long as its commited by the natives, especially non-White people.

The VV panel offered an additional reason: fear. Many in the mainstream media as well as Hollywood see what hardcore Muslim countries like Iran do to critics of their misogyny. So, the PC crowd keeps their mouths shut lest they risk being beheaded.

Jason Taylor

Well to be fair to the PC crowd Fred, nobody pays attention to people outside their purview and their capability of doing so is limited. That would apply to me as well. Except I would be as charitable to my own tribe as I would be to tribes I know nothing about.

It is amusing though.

Robert Derringer

I'm looking for more coverage on this movie? I saw it and couldn't stop thinking about it for days!!!! Where are Colson's comments about Iran? About this film? About the change that can happen but that must start from within.

I'm stunned I can't find anything more from Breakpoint on Soraya! or Neda for that matter!

Gina Dalfonzo




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