Based on a True Story

French-Iranian journalist Freidoune Sahebjam wrote a book in 1990 named La Femme Lapidee.   The book was adapted into the 2008 film: The Stoning of Soraya M.  An incredible, shocking, and tragic story unfolds.

In a small remote Iranian village, a woman named Soraya is approached by the town’s mullah to grant her husband a divorce.  She refuses and her abusive husband, Ghorban-Ali, threatens the family’s financial security.  As a result, Soraya works for a widower to make money.

Rumors spread through the town that Soraya is being unfaithful to her husband with the widower.  The mullah tells Soraya’s husband that adultery is punishable by stoning according to Sharia (Islamic law).   Accusing Soraya of adultery is a convenient way for Ghorban-Ali to marry a fourteen-year-old girl.

A town trial begins and Soraya is found guilty.  She is buried up to her waist and stoned to death.

Unfortunately, Soraya Manutchehri’s life and death are based on a true story.  Fortunately, a brave journalist named Freidoune Sahebjam risked his life to share this tragedy.  Mr. Sahebjam died in 2008 at the age of 75.

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