The Stoning of Soraya M. (Persian: .سنگسار ثريا م) is a 2008 American Persian-language drama film adapted from French journalist Freidoune Sahebjam's 1990 book La Femme Lapidée. The film is directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh and stars Academy Award nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo (as Zahra), James Caviezel (as Freidoune Sahebjam, the foreign journalist) and Mozhan Marnò (as Soraya Manutchehri, the title character). Stranded in the remote Iranian village of Kuhpayeh by car trouble, a journalist is approached by Zahra, a woman with a harrowing tale to tell about her niece, Soraya, and the bloody circumstances of Soraya's death, by stoning, the previous day. The two sit down as Zahra recounts the story to Freidoune, who records the conversation with his tape recorder. The journalist must escape with his life to tell the story to the rest of the world.