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Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story

New 2-disc DVD set that helps put Egypt’s revolution in context features two films by prominent Egyptian filmmakers, Yousry Nasrallah and Oussama Fawzi.

The explosive Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story is a film about the socio-political situation in Egypt where a journalist bravely records the stories of ordinary women who spin tales of their lives.

The provocative Fallen Angels Paradise is a comedy-drama about social class clashes that was a premonition of the events of Tahari Square and the departure of President Mubarak.

Also features the short film Rotating Square about seduction, ambition and deception.

SCHEHERAZADE: TELL ME A STORY is a tale ripped from today’s headlines and yet a clever reference to the myths and lore of the Middle East.   When her husband (Hassan Saeed) asks her to tone down the subversive political rhetoric on her program, Egyptian talk show host Hebba (Mona Zaki) draws even more heat by beginning a series that explores the experience of women in contemporary Egypt. As three women speak out about the mistreatment they've suffered in a deeply patriarchal society, Hoda must contend with her own disintegrating marriage. Yousry Nasrallah directs this drama.
Winner, Lina Mangiacapre Award - Venice Film Festival. Best Screenplay, Brussels International Independent Film Festival. Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival.

Director: Yousry Nasrallah
From: Egypt
Year: 2009- Minutes:135
Language :Arabic with English subtitles
Genre: fiction
Original title : Ehky Ya Schahrazad

In FALLEN ANGELS PARADISE a homeless man dies of an overdose in a popular Cairo neighborhood. He was once an ideal husband and represented security for his family. Then one day, everything changed. Upon his death his friends from the underworld drag the corpse around for a whole night of madness, drinking and hallucinating situations. A game with death where the dead man becomes more alive than the living and fallen angels live according to their own rules, laws and desires in the chaos of the Egyptian capital. Winner, Best Director and Best Actor, Festival of Egyptian Cinema 2000; Winner, Best Supporting Actor, Alexandria Film Festival, Winner Golden Award, Damascus Film Festival.  Nominated, Golden Leopard, Locarno Film Festival.

Director: Ossama Fawzi
From: Egypt
Year: 1999 African Film Minutes: 80
Language: Arabic with English subtitles
Genre: dramatic comedy
Original title: Gannat Al Shayateen

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