Nick Schager Reviews Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story

Arab social inequality is tackled through episodic melodrama in Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story, an Egyptian feminist tale told with both affecting compassion and made-for-TV corniness. Yousry Nasrallah’s film concerns talk-show host Hebba (Mona Zaki), who—spurred by her ambitious state-newspaperman husband Karim’s (Hassan El Raddad) demand that she tone down her inflammatory anti-government rhetoric lest he lose a coveted editor-in-chief position—chooses instead to shift her program’s focus to women’s issues.

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