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also known as Ehky ya Scheherazade

Scherezade2009

Tell Me a Story

  • 4.2
Adapting the story-within-a-story framework of ARABIAN NIGHTS to modern times, SHEHERAZADE TELL ME A STORY is a brilliantly honest unveiling of the position of women in Egyptian society today. Hugely controversial in its native Egypt for its risky portrait of female sexual desire and repression, SHEHERAZADE follows Hebba Younis, an independent, very modern television talk-show hostess. Told to avoid political criticism on her show, she instead turns to interviewing women from across the social spectrum. Their stories, however, threaten to unleash an even greater outcry. Sharply political, fiercely willing to challenge long-standing cultural norms, this ground-breaking commercial film by critically acclaimed director Yousry Nasrallah is, according to Daily News Egypt's Joseph Fahim, "the rarest of creatures in Egyptian cinema: an entertainment that looks, feels and moves like art-house pictures," and "a film that Egypt thoroughly needs: a wake-up call to the sordid world our leaders, religious guides and fathers have created." - Jason Sanders

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