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The Stoning of Soraya M.
(2008)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Kevin Kaska

Vocals Performed by:
Sussan Deyhim
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(June 9th, 2009)
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Promotional variations of the contents of the Varèse Sarabande album existed sparsely on the secondary market in early 2009. The retail album was limited to 1,000 copies on CD (for roughly $20) and available from the label and soundtrack specialty outlets. It sold out within three days. The same music was then made available to regular commercial download outlets (Amazon.com and iTunes) for a retail price of $10. The resale price of the CD began escalating immediately.
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Buy it... if you easily appreciate enveloping dramatic scores of sparse but powerful ethnic beauty, for this effort is among John Debney's most passionate, introspective scores of subtle power.

Avoid it... if you expect sustained periods of the outwardly explosive scope of the similarly (and, for some, more immaculately) conceived music for The Passion of the Christ.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,599
WRITTEN 6/30/09
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The Stoning of Soraya M.: (John Debney) While the timing of the American release of Cyrus Nowrasteh's The Stoning of Soraya M. in the summer of 2009 is noteworthy because of the popular uprising against the religious hierarchy of Iran concurrently dominating the news, the film actually dates back to 2008. If anybody outside of the ancient world of Islam has any doubts as to why the youth of Iran are in the process of stoking a simmering revolt against the country's ruling clerics, then The Stoning of Soraya M. is the account of one reason why. It is no secret that the fundamentalist movement of Islam over the past thirty years has caused widespread oppression of women in Iran, Saudi Arabia, and other nations in which strict Islamic law still lingers, but what's unnerving about tales such as the one depicted in this film is the fact that barbaric behavior such as stoning is today still in existence in remote regions of these parts of the world. It's hushed and it's frowned upon, but it still exists. One could say that the entire existence of The Stoning of Soraya M. is based upon an extremely graphic 20-minute stoning sequence at its conclusion, and certainly the popularity of The Passion of the Christ opened the doors to the acceptance of grotesque violence for the purpose of illuminating religious persecution. So graphic and disturbing is this film that critics have been split along lines delineated by their ability to stomach such blood-splattering realism. The story is relatively simple, recounting the reportedly true 1986 death of a woman in a remote part of Iran simply because her husband wanted to trade her in on a child bride. The inaction of her entire town is largely the outrage of the story, though an undercurrent of quiet remorse is a prevailing factor in determining the personality of The Stoning of Soraya M. outside of the violence. It is this spirit of lamentation and suffering that is addressed by John Debney in his score for the film. After researching the musical tones of Iranian culture for the assignment, he not only researched the practice of stoning, but now openly advocates for its abolishment.



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Average: 3.36 Stars
***** 48 5 Stars
**** 58 4 Stars
*** 41 3 Stars
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* 33 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 47:50
• 1. Main Title (3:12)
• 2. She Lies by the River (2:54)
• 3. Soraya's Theme (0:46)
• 4. The Meadow (1:41)
• 5. They Looked Away as I Died (2:06)
• 6. Death of Hashem's Wife (3:43)
• 7. Digging Graves (1:49)
• 8. Concubine (1:03)
• 9. Your Mother's Ring (1:19)
• 10. Waiting (1:41)
• 11. The Beating (2:36)
• 12. The Verdict (2:03)
• 13. I'll Tell the World (1:47)
• 14. Saying Goodbye (2:46)
• 15. Dead Woman Walking (1:13)
• 16. The Stoning of Soraya M. (12:50)
• 17. The Gentleness of Passing (1:59)
• 18. The Escape (2:35)

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The insert includes a note from the director about the score and film.
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