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New On DVD - Acclaimed Egyptian Ripped-From-The-Headlines Drama "Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story"

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by Tambay A. Obenson
March 1, 2012 3:05 PM
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Courtesy of and exclusively from AfricanDiasporaDVD.com, pick up a copy of the award-winning drama Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story (also known as Ehky ya Scheherazade in Arabic), the "bold and brave" (according to Variety) drama from Egyptian filmmaker Yousry Nasrallah.

As the titled of the post states, the story is based on real-life events; its synopsis reads:

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

Like several other contemporary titles from the region I've seen in the last couple of years, like Cairo 678, the 134-minute film is an indictment of misogyny that overturns stereotypes about Egypt (notes the Hollywood Reporter)

The 2-disc DVD set includes: the acclaimed "ghoulish satire" Fallen Angels Paradise (Oussama Fawzi, 2000), and the short Rotating Square (Ahmed Hassouna, 2002).

I haven't seen the film yet, but I will.

Pick up your copy only at AfricanDiasporaDVD.com.

Watch a trailer below:

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