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
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 Gribbon, Maha ElNabawi and Rowan El Shimi | Five of us have chosen six diverse novels, most of which are available in Egypt’s bookstores.
Egypt’s cinematic gems: A Taste of Fear
Rowan El Shimi | A document in which the post-1967 sentiment is delivered by unusual suspects
A definitive guide to Cairo Cinema Days
Jenifer Evans, Lara El Gibaly, Rowan El Shimi and Yasmine Zohdi | We watched 40 + films to help guide you through Zawya's exciting regional cinema festival
Samir Farid remembered by the filmmakers and critics he affected
Rowan El Shimi | Filmmakers and fellow critics tell us their memories of the renowned film writer
12 viewers on In the Last Days of the City and its problems coming to Egypt
Rowan El Shimi | 12 moviegoers share their views on Tamer El Said's In the Last Days of the City
More features
Festbeat: Waiting to be wowed on day 6 of Panorama
Budget cuts threaten survival of AUC’s theater program, says professor
Graffiti book seized pending police enquiry despite censors’ approval