Timing is everything.
With all eyes around the world fixated on the current situation in Iran, the issue of women’s rights in that country have never been more at the forefront. Which is why a new film starring Jim Caveizel (who played the part of Jesus in The Passion of the Christ) looks like it may be the benefactor of some serendipitous timing.
The Stoning of Soraya M. is the story of an Iranian woman who shares the details surrounding her niece’s death with a journalist who finds himself stranded in her village. Her hope is that he will take the story with him and bring those who have sinned against her niece to justice. It’s adapted from a 1994 novel written by French-Iranian journalist Freidoune Sahebjam. Sahebjam was ultimately tried in absentia and sentenced to death by the Iranian government for his reports of human rights violations in the country.
With Iran seemingly on the brink of collapse – and women’s rights injustices at the center of the outcry – this film couldn’t have been released at a more important time. It sees limited release on Friday and will be coming soon to Rochester’s The Little Theatre.