Rowan El Shimi

Culture journalist

Rowan El Shimi is a culture journalist from Cairo, but she often finds herself working on stories all over the country, especially Alexandria. She covers a range of topics in culture, mostly revolving around film, theater and photography, with a special focus on read more
Your guide to navigating Cairo Cinema Days 2
Areej Gamal, Doaa Nabhan, Leila Arman, Rowan El Shimi, Wafaa Elsaeed and Yasmine Zohdi | Mada Masr's culture team takes a look at this year's Cairo Cinema Days lineup
Video | Sudan Street: Under construction
Osman El Sharnoubi and Rowan El Shimi | Mada Masr speaks with people affected by the metro construction work on Cairo's Sudan Street
In search of the integrity of the image: Mada’s video practice in 2017
Rowan El Shimi | A review of Mada Masr's video production
Photocopy: A story of evolution, told through Instagram filters
Rowan El Shimi | The film relies on relatable, unconvincing characters, and without a strong structure, feels incomplete
Egypt’s cinematic gems: Sleepless Nights
Rowan El Shimi | Hany Khalifa's frank film broke the prudish "clean cinema" trend in 2003.
6 summer reading recommendations from Mada
Heba El-Sherif, Lara El Gibaly, Laura Bird, Maha ElNabawi and Rowan El Shimi | Five of us have chosen six diverse novels, most of which are available in Egypt’s bookstores.
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