Someone asked me what was one of my favorite movies in the past year and I just had to choose this one:
The Stoning of Soraya M.
As much as it hurts me to watch these types of films, these are the types of films I love to watch the most.
The films that make me feel.
I cried so hard and I'm not ashamed to admit it. Even hours after I finished watching it, I still felt the sting of tears and a residual sadness in my heart.
I can't believe that in this day and age, these types of atrocity's still happen to people.
Trust me when I say that my heart is broken for the real Soraya M. I know how much her story affected me so I can not even imagine how it must have felt to her while she suffered through it.
At the end, I'm sure she prayed for death to come quickly.
Too bad it didn't.
Her death was slow and brutal, and as hard as it was for me to watch it, I stand up and applaud the director for choosing to show the true reality.
There was no pretense and no "sugar-coating". He filmed it the way it happened. It took the actress almost as long to die in the movie as it took the real Soraya M. to die in life.
It made me feel sick, yet I couldn't look away. Other than the tears streaming down my face, I don't think I moved at all, until the closing credits.
Brilliant film making, in my opinion, and definitely the type of movie I strive to make one day.
I've dabbled in horror and done not too badly in comedy, but my true passion is in telling stories that connect with the audience on an emotional level.
I want you to cry.
Because if you cry, you won't forget the suffering. And if you don't forget the suffering that others experience, perhaps you'll do something about it.