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  • Summary: 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. His ambition is to become editor in chief. 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. Hebba knows, of course, that women’s issues are political. But she could not imagine up to which extent. Gradually, she finds herself walking in a minefield of abuse, sexual, religious, social and political repression that lead to the break-up of her marriage. From storyteller, Hebba herself becomes a story. (African Films) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Aug 11, 2011
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    Aug 8, 2011
    Though treating women's oppression as a political issue isn't exactly new, the clarity with which it's spelled out in Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story is both bold and brave.
  3. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Aug 8, 2011
    Though still a stretch for Western viewers, its bold directness and modern look should help bridge the culture gap and make it one of the most accessible Mideast films this year.
  4. Reviewed by: Fernando F. Croce
    Aug 8, 2011
    Inescapably and poignantly colored by the revolutionary events that would take place in Egypt in the years since its making, Scheherazade brims with faith in storytelling as art's great way of lifting society's veils.
  5. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Aug 9, 2011
    An Egyptian feminist tale told with both affecting compassion and made-for-TV corniness.
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  1. Aug 11, 2014
    Mona Zaki is electrifying as Hebba Younis the controversial show host. Scheherazade Tell Me a Story is not only one of the better riches of the middle east, but also deals with sensitive subjects such as Gender Wars, delicately and effectively. Expand