Subj: Film set in Iran, examines death by stoning
By Christine Kearney
NEW YORK (Reuters) - An Iranian woman is framed for adultery, then bound, gagged and buried to her waist in dirt before being stoned to death in a bloody and harrowing sequence in a new film in U.S. cinemas this week.
The movie, "The Stoning of Soraya M.," is a dramatization based on the bestselling book of the same name by a French-Iranian journalist about a woman's death in an Iranian village in 1986.
The film opens in U.S. cities on Friday, amidst an international furor over protests and bloodshed in Iran over its disputed presidential election. Its director, Cyrus Nowrasteh, said the timing was not planned.
The film aims to give a dramatic condemnation of the practice, which still occurs in countries including Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Somalia, Nowrasteh told Reuters.
"This is overdue and it has been too long suppressed as an issue for open discussion," said the U.S.-born director, who is of Iranian descent and spent part of his childhood in Iran. "Fundamentally this film is about injustice."
The film was shot in Jordan and stars exiled Iranian actress Shohreh Aghdashloo, whose character tells a passing journalist the story of her murdered niece, who was framed for infidelity by her divorce-seeking husband.
"Those who say the stoning in this film is graphic should see a real one," Aghdashloo said.Aghdashloo, who received an Oscar nomination for "House of Sand and Fog," called "Stoning" effective in "opening people's eyes to what is going on behind the curtains in certain areas, especially in rural societies in the Islamic world."
COMMENT: This film exposes the fiction & hypocrisy of Islam, Quran, and their Allah, as the ambassador of :
Equality & Human Love.
In fact, Hazrat Mohammad himself divided humanity into, Moslems & Kafirs (Non-Moslem Infidels ). He raised the superiority of Moslems sky-high. and a corresponding inferiority of hateful-Kafirs. According to Mohammad's categorization, Moslems are the rulers, and the Kafirs are to be ruled ( and converted to Islam ) through the yoke of Islamic Jehad.
Surinder Paul Attri