Tickling Giants

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Tickling Giants offers a powerful demonstration of how satire can influence government policy -- and a sobering warning regarding the double-edged effects of regime change.

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Following the Arab Spring and in need of a laugh, Dr. Bassem Youssef left his career as a heart surgeon in Cairo to try his hand at comedy. Youssef incorporated his observations from Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" into "Al Bernameg," the first political satire show in Egypt. Thirty million viewers watched each episode.

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Wail Gzoly
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Jamie Canobbio
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Thomas M. Vogt
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Tyler H. Walk
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Paul Tyan
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  • In an era when an American president rages over how he's depicted on Saturday Night Live and obsesses about quelling critical "fake news," this is one relevant film.

    July 7, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • [The film] surprises us on several levels. It reveals Egypt's familiar Arab Spring experience through a lens, that of satiric comedy, which is very different from the way we usually see it. And it has the personal element of Youssef's involving story.

    April 7, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The film ends on a supportive note, but it's a melancholy footnote to the lost revolution, with its long and brutal endgame in Syria.

    March 31, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Mostly, the movie makes you understand how every society - and ours more than ever - needs people like Bassem Youssef to demonstrate that laughter will always be one of the essential ways to keep power in check.

    March 25, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The man now known as the Jon Stewart of Egypt has graced us with satirical humor that sends a loud and clear message against repression.

    March 23, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • There's a lot to laugh at, and to learn from, in "Tickling Giants," a documentary that starts off by telling the story of one man and ends up speaking volumes about satire, freedom of expression and political pressure.

    March 16, 2017 | Full Review…

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