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SCHEHERAZADE, TELL ME A STORY - a film about gender war in Egypt - opens in NYC Aug. 12
Direct, poignant and gorgeous, "Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story" connects the stories of “women constrained by long standing social norms” that make their lives very hard to live in contemporary Cairo, Egypt.
91 Claremont Ave. @ 120th Street
New York, NY 10027
Fri. 8/12 @ 7:30PM
Sat. 8/13 @ 8PM
Sun. 8/14 @ 4PM
Fri. 8/19 @ 8PM
Sat. 8/20 @ 8PM
Sun. 8/21 @ 1PM
SCHEHERAZADE, TELL ME A STORY (Ehky Ya Scheherazade )
Directed by Yousry Nasrallah, Egypt, 2009, 134 mins. In Arabic with English subtitles.
Direct, poignant and gorgeous is the work in Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story. The film connects the stories of “women constrained by long standing social norms”
Hebba Younnis (Mona Zakki), as a TV show host, is the unifying link between three different stories and the social context in which they are told as she embarks on a journey of exploration of the life of women in Cairo.
Hebba has accepted, at the request of her opportunistic husband, to stay away from political themed features on her TV show. She then decides to cover “women’
Mr. Nasrallah is among those artists whose art is at the service of a cause. With a strong narrative, he proves to be an incredible story teller whose inquisitive eye and remarkable ability to look at Egyptian women in particular highlights an outstanding social commentary about the hardship of the human condition of women in his native Egypt.
His film offers a very powerful social critique of a country that is still making news today after the ousting of former President Hosni Mubarak.
Scheherazade, Tell Me A Story was a success in Egypt when it was released in theaters and has won several international awards including the Lina Mangiacapre Award at the Venice Film Festival. The film remained for more than eight weeks in theaters in France.
View trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/
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