Scheherazade, Tell Me A Story

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Hebba, a modern career woman, is a successful political talk show host in Cairo. Karim, her husband, is deputy editor in chief of a government-owned newspaper. His ambition is to become editor in chief. Karim is convinced by party leaders that his wife's meddling in opposition politics could put his promotion in danger. Relying on boyish charm and sexual prowess, Karim sways Hebba to shift away from politics and devote her program to lighter fare--women's issues. But as her program's focus shifts, Hebba listens to the stories of resilient, strong women, who, like Scheherazade in The Arabian Nights, tell their stories to stay alive. Gradually, she finds herself walking through a minefield of sexual, religious, social, and political repression. From storyteller, Hebba herself becomes a story.