Acclaimed TICKLING GIANTS Documentary Extended at IFC Center Till March 2812:12 AM
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.
In a country where free speech is not settled law, Bassem’s show becomes as controversial as it popular.
Tickling Giants follows the team of Al Bernameg as they discover democracy is not easily won.
No unicorns or falafel were harmed in the making of this film.
FILMMAKER STATEMENT - BY SARA TAKSLER:
Anyone, big or small, can have their ideas heard if they figure out their own way to express themselves non-violently. Most people have daily interaction with some abuse of power. It might be a kid bullied on a playground or a boss that takes advantage. It might be a huge issue that you’re really passionate about and you just haven’t found a way to support that cause. But the core idea in Tickling Giants is to leave people inspired by a team of ordinary people that risked their own comfort and, by doing so, found a way to be heard and to influence change.