Women in Western cultures generally have little to no clue as to the crimes and atrocities against women of other cultures. I have personally witnessed them against Somali women and now here's just one more - The Stoning of Soraya M. opening in theaters June 26th.
I'm one who believes that God wants to and will use the power of influence of one woman submitted to His ways - to change the world.....but, not if we are silent.
What will your voice say?
LA Times reports:
"What happened here yesterday was wrong," a woman named Zahra ("House of Sand and Fog's" Shohreh Aghdashloo) tells the journalist, before she relates the tragic events of what has happened to her niece, Soraya (Mozhan Marnò). Soraya's husband was tired of his marriage and wanted a younger spouse; rather than pursue a divorce, he concocted a scheme to get rid of her.
The fabricated charge was adultery, which under the town leaders' judgment was a crime not only against her husband but also Islam. The penalty was death by public stoning, and nothing Zahra or Soraya could do or say would stop it. "It is God's law," one person says, while the local mullah says, "With each stone you throw, your honor will return."
Director and co-writer Cyrus Nowrasteh spares little in depicting the execution, in which Soraya is buried to her chest with her arms bound, and pelted with heavy rocks from close range until she bleeds to death. "We had to keep toning it down so that people could bear it," says McEveety. "It was far worse originally. But there were people who wanted us to tone it down even more than we did."
Yet McEveety felt it was critical to depict Soraya's killing graphically so that audiences would leave the theater outraged. "You can't tone it down too much, or you do an injustice to the crime," he says. But he doesn't want people to be angry at the Islamic faith; rather, he wants to stop stoning around the world, even as it is .
What's more, McEveety wants people who see the film to cease being passive witnesses to injustice in any form. "Another thing is that we're all guilty -- we don't stand up when we should," McEveety says. "I hope you will explore your own soul when you watch this film. Can you say that about many other movies?"
Will YOU see this movie? Why or why not?