Next Wednesday, February 29th at 7 p.m. in Ford Hall, there will be a screening of a new fillm from Egypt in connection with Africa Week. Sponsored by Film Studies, the French Department, and the Women’s and Gender Studies program, it is also the result of our ongoing connection with the Cascade Festival of African Film.
Here is a summary of the fllm from the festival website:
The 22nd festival opens with Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story, a film by one of Egypt’s foremost directors that dramatically captures the fusion of oppressive politics, repression, and the desire for freedom and creativity that have fueled the Arab Spring. Framed like The Arabian Nights and set in modern-day Cairo, the film centers on a popular talk-show host named Hebba. When pressured by her husband to tone down government criticism in her show so he can get a much-desired government job promotion, she turns her show’s attention to the lives of ordinary women. The results are not at all what her husband or his bosses expected.