Cast and Credits
Mozhan Marno-Soraya M.
The movie is set in Iran (1986) and centers around a journalist who is stranded in a small town due to car failure. While he is waiting for the mechanic to repair his vehicle, he is met by an older woman desperate to speak with him. Considered to be crazy, she is forced away from the journalist by the mayor of this small Iranian village.
It is not until the journalist is alone, that she is able to coax him to her home where she can speak freely to him. Agreeing, he notices two small girls playing in the older woman's courtyard. The woman explains that the children belong to her niece, and it is her niece that she wishes to discuss. She begs to be recorded, to which the journalist obliges.
From there, the story takes place and recounts the horrific events that lead to the stoning of an innocent woman; her crime is adultery.
The film is powerful to say the least and what is even more disturbing is that this occurs to this day, to many women all around the world. The injustice that is placed against young girls and women anger me to no end. And you simply need to change the name of this movie to any other name of the countless number of young girls and women, who die each day at the hands of their own father, husband or relatives.
If you have netflix, the film is available for instant view and I urge you to take a few hours out of your weekend to watch this compelling tale of mistrust, lies and eventual betrayal.
An interesting fact; the story is true and the journalist, French-Iranian Freidoune Sahebjam's 1990 book, La Femme Lapidee, brought light to this dark past. (He is known as being a war correspondent and reporting on war crimes.)