Scheherazade Tell Me a Story
Scheherazade Tell Me a Story (2011)

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,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 12, 2011
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

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.

Jay Weissberg

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.

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Kam Williams

A clarion call for the Middle East to emerge from the Middle Ages!

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Nick Schager
Village Voice

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

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

An urgent political statement that's also a funny, sexy entertainment.

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Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

Scheherazade brims with faith in storytelling as art's great way of lifting society's veils.

Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter

"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.

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Prairie Miller

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.

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Peter Galvin

Read in terms of a pure melodrama the movie is wrenching.

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