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Stone Cold – Jerusalem Post Interview: STONING Director Cyrus Nowrasteh

Cyrus  Nowrasteh is soft-spoken and polite, not the qualities you would expect from a man who has directed The Stoning of Soraya M., one of the most disturbing and controversial movies you will ever see. In Israel recently to promote his film, which just opened here, he spoke to reporters after a screening. Even though he had just arrived that day from Los Angeles, he was filled with energy and eager to talk…


2009 Awards for THE STONING OF SORAYA M.

Besides the 2008 Toronto Film Festival runnerup (behind SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE) and the LA FILM FESTIVAL2009 award for Best Narrative Feature, THE STONING OF SORAYA M. was also recently cited as the reason for Shohreh Aghdashloo to be honored for a Humanitarian Award by WIFTS, the Women’s International Film and Television Showcase on December 4, 2009 in Los Angeles. Also, Ms. Aghdashloo was honored by the International Press Academy, receiving the Satellite Award for Best Actress, Drama, 2009. Director Cyrus Nowrasteh accepted on Ms. Aghdashloo’s behalf. THE STONING OF SORAYA M. was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress, Drama (Mozhan Marno) and for Best Film, Drama, and chosen as one of the top ten films of 2009!

STONING at Cannes

“Execution of an innocent” —

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Iranian Justice: The stoning of Soraya M

By Michelle D. Bernard

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Independent Women’s Forum | 9/11/08 12:50 PM

Those who want to know the truth about Iranian justice must see Cyrus Nowrasteh’s gripping feature documentary film “The Stoning of Soraya M.”

The film – based on the book written by Friedounce Sahebjam and debuting today at the Toronto International Film Festival – depicts the true life story of Soraya M, an Iranian woman falsely accused of adultery.


TORONTO ’08 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW | Director Cyrus Nowrasteh

Cyrus Nowrasteh‘s “The Stoning of Soraya M.” will be having its World Premiere in the Discovery section of the Toronto International Film Festival. Starring Shohreh Aghdashloo, the film follows a woman falsely accused of adultery in a remote Iranian village. Based on the book byFreidoune Sahebjam, TIFF describes “Stoning” as about “voiceless women, armed with only their innocence and dignity, [who] are no match for the overwhelming primal forces that overrun their town.” Nowrasteh talked to indieWIRE about the film and his hopes for Toronto.


Film Review: The Stoning of Soraya M.


The Stoning of Soraya M has not yet hit theaters, but believe me, this is one film that will not appear quietly and disappear without notice.  I attended a pre-release screening last night, and it reminded me of all the reasons I love film as an art form and as a medium of communication.  When it finally makes it to the theaters, people should line up to see this powerful, dramatic, and disturbing representation of a true story.


Persian Heritage Magazine Interviews Cyrus Nowrasteh

 Spring issue of PERSIAN HERITAGE magazine, cover story —

Dr.Yeagley:  Welcome to Persian Heritage Magazine, Mr. Nowrasteh.   We are honored by your consideration, and we are proud to share your ideas with not only American Iranians, but Iranian-Americans and Americans in general!   We are confident that your words are especially meaningful, and we are grateful for your willingness to share your views with us. more…

Wall Street Journal Op-Ed: The Path to Hysteria by Cyrus Nowrasteh

Monday, September 18, 2006 12:01 a.m. EDT 
I am neither an activist, politician or partisan, nor an ideologue of any stripe. What I am is a writer who takes his job very seriously, as do most of my colleagues: Also, one who recently took on the most distressing and important story it will ever fall to me to tell. I considered it a privilege when asked to write the script for “The Path to 9/11.” I felt duty-bound from the outset to focus on a single goal–to represent our recent pre-9/11 history as the evidence revealed it to be. The American people deserve to know that history: They have paid for it in blood. Like all Americans, I wish it were not so. I wish there were no terrorists. I wish there had been no 9/11. I wish we could squabble among ourselves in assured security. But wishes avail nothing. more…

Bob Parks interviews Cyrus Nowrasteh

“…Last week, I had the honor of asking Cyrus Nowrasteh, screenwriter and producer of The Path To 9/11, a few questions…” more…

“Soraya M.” premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival

Reuters reports that “The Stoning of Soraya M.”, staring stars Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo, is premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival. more…