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.
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July 11, 2011 - PRLog -- SPECIAL 10 DAY ENGAGEMENT
Riverside Theater
91 Claremont  Ave. @ 120th Street
New York, NY   10027
Tel: 212-870-6784

 Fri. 8/12 @ 7:30PM
 Sat. 8/13 @ 8PM
 Sun. 8/14 @ 4PM
 Mon.-Thu.  8/15-8/18 @  7PM
 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” that make their lives very hard to live.
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’s stories.” However, she finds out that these stories are more dramatic  and painfully real.
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.

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Diarah  N’Daw-Spech
ArtMattan Productions
Tel (212) 864-1760

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Source:Diarah N'Daw-Spech
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