June 24, 2009

The Stoning of Soraya M

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June 26, 2009

Update Update Update
The Washington Post movie critic didn't like the movie for much the same reason I am not going to see it.
"The Stoning of Suraya M." is a coliseum show with ringside seats.
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The Stoning of Soraya M opens today. It's based on the novel of the same name. It's a true story about a young Iranian woman who was falsely accused of adultery and stoned to death. The Wikipedia link above has a plot summary.

It sounds like an important and well-made movie. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was the runner-up for the Audience Choice Award. That said, I don't think I will see it.

The producers of the film would like people to focus on the hidden martyrs -- women beneath the veil -- rather than the corrupt Islamic authorities. I don't think I could focus on much else besides the stoning. According to what I read, it's a very graphic scene. Soraya is buried up to her waist and stoned to death.

I have come to believe that exposure to extreme violence changes a person. It numbs the soul (or if you don't believe in a soul, it alters your consciousness).

Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ is another movie I took a pass on. (Gratuitous violence is not my thing.) I get unhealthy violent urges driving on the Beltway in Northern Virginia. I don't need to see stonings and crucifixions.

Here is the trailer.

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Anonymous said...

Please do see this movie.

Everyone has the right to turn a blind eye to violence, poverty, and injustice. And everyone can use whatever excuse they desire, be it for their own mental and spiritual health or because their stomach...and maybe their conscience...merely can't take reality.

However, when that happens the violence, the poverty, and the injustice continue to occur.

It was pictures of the Jews, strewn out naked, shaved, and stacked in concentration camps that was the final straw that rallied the world against Hitler.

It was the photos of black people being hung from trees by the K.K.K. and the truth of four girls being bombed in a church in Alabama that was the last straw that rallied the American people to fight racial segregation and discrimination.

Harriet Beecher Stowe had to paint the picture that she could not take of the reality of slavery for the rest of America to become so riled up to the point for a country to split over, among other things, slavery.

It is the tv images of a child starving to death in Central America and Africa that rally us to support organizations which work to keep them fed and supplied for.

Images make it impossible for anyone with a shred of intellectual honesty to maintain the pretense that "it's not a person" or that "it doesn't exist," which are the two ideas behind why it occurs in the first place and why it is allowed to continue to occur.

Be brave and look at reality.

This movie, I can assure you, will not numb your soul or (even more wrongly, your conscience) toward brutality. It will stir it up against it.

Netflix now has it where you can stream the movie on the internet. Do watch it. I can promise you, despite that you think you may now, you will not regret it.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely agree with you, the more we can see what is happening around us and become aware of politics, and religious belief that tears nations apart. We will all become more sensitive to the humans around us. Perhaps behave more humanly.
After watching this film, I went to a site to cast my signature against this violence.

As much as a horrible thought of any human sacrifice, it's real it's happening.

I damn glad to be an American!