Scheherazade Tell Me a Story (2011)

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Cairo, today. Hebba, a television show host, presents a successful political talk show on a privately owned network. Karim, her husband, is deputy editor in chief of a government-owned newspaper. He is led to believe by the party leaders, that his wife's constant meddling with opposition politics could put his promotion in danger. Using his boyish charm and sexual prowess, he convinces Hebba to stay away from politics, and devote her program to social issues for which the government cannot be held responsible. She starts a series of talk shows around issues involving women. She listens to the stories of resilient, strong women, who, like Scheherazade in "A Thousand and One Nights", tell their stories to stay alive. -- (C) Official Site

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

Lively, swift, vibrantly colorful and for the most part wonderfully acted, the film is slyly aware of the daytime talk show as a vehicle for women's concerns.

Aug 11, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5

Nasrallah's artistry is ultimately incapable of matching his narrative's social significance.

Aug 9, 2011 | Full Review…

"Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story" is a powerful indictment of misogyny that overturns stereotypes about Egypt through the dramatic stories women recount on a television show.

Apr 13, 2011 | Full Review…

Together with scribe Waheed Hamed, helmer Yousry Nasrallah presents women's sexuality as an expression of self-determination, making clear the parallels with an ever-degenerating political system.

Apr 13, 2011 | Full Review…
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An urgent political statement that's also a funny, sexy entertainment.

Apr 13, 2011 | Full Review…

A scathing update of the Thousand And One Nights classic of a queen's bid to stay alive through unique female survival instincts linked to the gift of gab. And a film that was surely a political prophesy, of the historic Tahrir Square uprisings to come.

Aug 13, 2011 | Full Review…

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