The Stoning of Soraya M.


Due in theaters this week on Thursday is The Stoning of Soraya M., a film that had been touted by Catholic reviewers and leaders who have screened it.  Here’s the summary from the film’s website:

From the filmmaker who produced “The Passion of the Christ” comes a powerful film, a modern-day parable, based on an incredible true story of sacrifice, oppression and mob rule. A village’s persecution of an innocent woman becomes both a daring act of witness and a compelling introspection. As Christians, how do we confront evil? Do we recognize its subtle manipulations? Who will join forces with the plot against her, who will surrender to the mob, and who will dare to stand up for what’s right? This film is an inspiring tribute to the many fighting against injustice around the world.  Academy Award® nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo (THE NATIVITY STORY, HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG) stars in the heroic role of Zahra, an Iranian woman with a burning secret. When a journalist (Jim Caviezel, THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST, DÉJÀ VU) is stranded in her remote village, she makes a bold choice to reveal what the villagers will stop at nothing to keep hidden.

This week, is featuring an interview with actor Jim Caviezel in which he discusses his role in the film, being a Christian in Hollywood and how he thinks the film will impact people who view it.

This film is rated R, strongly indicating that it is not a film for all viewers.  The USCCB rating is not yet available, but should be on the Bishop’s website before Thursday.  I am planning to see the film soon, but will definitely not allow my teens to see it until I have prescreened it in advance.  Will you see this film?  What type of impact do you think movies such as The Stoning of Soraya M. can have given current world affairs?


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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