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Tickling Giants

Directed by: Sara Taskler
Runtime: 1hr 51min Year: 2016
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Directed by: Sara Taskler
Runtime: 1hr 51min Year: 2016
Country: United States
Last Screened: Fri 14th Apr 2017

Heart surgeon turned comedian Bassem Youssef became known as the "Egyptian Jon Stewart" after his satirical TV show became a nationwide hit. At great personal risk, Youssef took on successive oppressive regimes during the turbulent Arab Spring.

“Engaging… Youssef is so much more than an Egyptian Jon Stewart.” – Vice

“a political thriller” – The Playlist

In the midst of the Egyptian Arab Spring, Bassem Youssef makes a decision that’s every mother’s worst nightmare… He leaves his job as a heart surgeon to become a full-time comedian.

Dubbed, “The Egyptian Jon Stewart,” Bassem creates the satirical show, Al Bernameg. The weekly program quickly becomes the most viewed television program in the Middle East, with 30 million people tuning in per episode.

In a country where free speech is not settled law, Bassem’s show becomes as controversial as it is popular. As Bassem attempts to remain on the air, keep his staff safe, and not get arrested, he continues to let those in power know they’re being held accountable. Despite increasing danger, the team at Al Bernameg employ comedy, not violence, to comment on hypocrisy in media, politics, and religion.

Tickling Giants follows the team of Al Bernameg as they discover democracy is not easily won. The young women and men working on Bassem’s show are fearless revolutionaries, who just happen to be really, really funny.