Scheherazade Tell Me a Story
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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"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."
‑ Jay Weissberg, Variety
"A clarion call for the Middle East to emerge from the Middle Ages!"
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"Nasrallah's artistry is ultimately incapable of matching his narrative's social significance."
‑ Nick Schager, Village Voice
"An urgent political statement that's also a funny, sexy entertainment."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"Scheherazade brims with faith in storytelling as art's great way of lifting society's veils."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
""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."
‑ Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter
"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."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"Read in terms of a pure melodrama the movie is wrenching."
‑ Peter Galvin,
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