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, Beliefnet.com 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?