The Stoning of Soraya M.

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Zahra is an Iranian woman with a burning secret. When a journalist 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, 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.

Sample Discussion Guide Questions:

Stoning is a form of corporal punishment that not only impacts the victim, but also the community. No one person throws the fatal stone, but the participants collectively kill the individual. The _lm demonstrates the way different individuals react when made to be a part of this execution. Consider different characters in the film and the way in which each dealt with being forced to throw a stone. Think in particular about Soraya’s father, Ali, Soraya’s two sons and Hashem.

How did the rights of men and women differ in this story and what are the cultural, political and religious reasons for this disparity?

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