Hebba, a television show host in Cairo, presents a successful political talk show on a privately owned network. Karim, her husband, is deputy editor in chief of a government-owned newspaper. His ambition is to become editor in chief.
Karim is led to believe by party leaders that his wife's constant meddling with opposition politics could put his promotion in danger. Using his boyish charm and sexual prowess, he convinces Hebba to stay away from politics, and devote her program to social issues for which the government cannot be held responsible.
Hebba starts a series of talk shows around issues involving women. She listens to the stories of resilient, strong women, who, like Scheherazade in The Arabian Nights, tell their stories to stay alive. Hebba knows, of course, that women's issues are political, but she could not imagine to what extent. Gradually, she finds herself walking through a minefield of abuse, and sexual, religious, social, and political repression. From storyteller, Hebba herself becomes a story.
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