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Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story (2009)

Ehky ya Scheherazade (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 12 August 2011 (USA)
A female talk show host in Cairo stirs up political controversy when she focuses her on-air discussions on the topic of women's issues.

Directors:

Wael Mandour, Yusri Nasrullah (as Yousry Nasrallah)

Writer:

Wahid Hamid
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mona Zaki ... Hebba Younis
Mahmood Hemaidah ... Adham (as Mahmoud Hemida)
Hasan El-Raddad Hasan El-Raddad ... Karim (as Hassan El Raddad)
Rehab El Gamal Rehab El Gamal ... Safaa
Nahed El Sebaï ... Hanaa
Nesreen Ameen Nesreen Ameen ... Wafa
Sawsan Badr Sawsan Badr ... Amani
Mohamad Ramadan ... (as Mohamed Ramadan)
Menha Batraoui Menha Batraoui
Hussien El Imam Hussien El Imam ... Ahmad Fadhlullah
Ahmed Fouad Selim Ahmed Fouad Selim ... Ahmad / Karim's Boss
Ezzat Ibrahim Ezzat Ibrahim
Shady Khalaf Shady Khalaf ... Roshdy
Sanaa Akroud Sanaa Akroud ... Nahed
Fatma Nasser ... Egyptian Salma Hayek
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Storyline

Karim and Hebba are a young married and loving couple. Both have great careers. Karim is just about to be appointed as editor-in-chief of the greatest governmental newspaper. Hebba is the hostess of much appreciated TV programs about female victims, e.g. daughters who are buried alive because of improper behaviour, people drowning when attempting illegal immigration to Europe. Karim is told that he will only be appointed if his wife avoids political topics. He does persuade her to make programs on ordinary people instead. But her "non-political" programs will become even more repugnant to the authorities. Written by Max Scharnberg, Stockholm, Sweden

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Egypt

Language:

Arabic

Release Date:

12 August 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Alexandria, Egypt See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$322,024
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Misr Cinema Company See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Groups appeared on Facebook calling for a boycott the movie but "Mona Zaki" and the film-makers have defended the movie and stressed that it addresses women's issues. See more »

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interesting and well worth seeing
19 August 2015 | by rachel_rachelSee all my reviews

As a Westerner, albeit one who has lived in the Middle East, though not in Egypt, this was a fascinating inside view of a country most in the US know little about, other than what we see on TV news.

Aspects of the film, such as the production values and the stylized, Telanovela-type melodramatic acting in some scenes, are not what a Western viewer may be used to. In this regard,the film is somewhat uneven. Portions are even at the level 1960's Italian "spaghetti Westerns" or early Japanese low-budget sci-fi. Yet, other aspects, such as the camera work are fresh and innovative, reminiscent of perhaps Pedro Almodovar, and other director/writers who have done a lot with little.

A few technical flaws aside, this film is highly recommended. The story structure and concept of using a classic legend is satisfying to the viewer, making difficult material palatable, and allowing one to see parallels that cross borders, culture and time.


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