DVD Release: Scheherazade, Tell Me A Story

DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
Price: DVD $29.95
Studio: Facets

Scheherazade Tel Me A Story movie sceneThought its title refers to the myths and lore of the Middle East, the 2009 Egyptian film drama Scheherazade: Tell me A Story tells a timely tale that could have been ripped from today’s headlines.

Hebba (Mona Zaki), a television talk-show host, produces a successful political program on a privately owned network. Her husband, Karim (Hassan El Raddad), is the deputy editor-in-chief of a government-controlled newspaper. When Karim’s promotion is threatened by his wife’s meddling in opposition politics on her program, he sweet-talks her into avoiding controversy and devoting her program to other topics. She soon begins a series of shows about women’s issues, revealing the stories of strong, resilient women who, like Scheherazade in A Thousand and One Nights, tell their tales to stay alive.

Directed by Yousry Nasrallah, Scheherazade: Tell me A Story played at a handful of international films festival, including the biggies in Venice and Toronto, before enjoying a limited release to theaters in August 2011.

The movie is presented in Arabic with English subtitles in the two-DVD set, which also includes two additional films: the 2000 feature Angels Paradise by prominent Egyptian filmmaker Ossam Fawsi and the 2002 short Rotating Square by Ahmed Hassouna.

Here’s the trailer from the movie:

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