TICKLING GIANTS

Showings

Ped Mall -The Screening Room Sat, May 6, 2017 3:00 PM
Ped Mall -The Screening Room Sat, May 6, 2017 8:00 PM
Ped Mall -The Screening Room Sun, May 7, 2017 2:00 PM
Ped Mall -The Screening Room Mon, May 8, 2017 8:00 PM
Ped Mall -The Screening Room Tue, May 9, 2017 6:00 PM
Ped Mall -The Screening Room Thu, May 11, 2017 6:00 PM
Series Info
Series:New Release Films
Film Info
Rating:Not Rated
Runtime:111 mins.
Director:Sara Taksler
Year Released:2017
Production Country:USA
Language:English

Description

"There's a lot to laugh at, and to learn from... starts off by telling the story of one man and ends up speaking volumes about satire, freedom of expression and political pressure." -The New York Times

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 viewers per episode. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart averaged two million viewers.

In a country where free speech is not settled law, Bassem's show becomes as controversial as it popular. He and his staff must endure physical threats, protests, and legal action, all because of jokes. 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.

No unicorns or falafel were harmed in the making of this film.


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