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Tickling Giants (2017)

Tickling Giants (2017)



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The career of Egyptian heart surgeon-turned-political satirist Baseem Youssef is chronicled in this documentary directed by Daily Show producer Sara Taksler. Youssef gave up his lucrative medical profession in 2011 to become one of Egypt's most powerful television voices of dissent against an oppressive regime.


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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…
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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…
San Francisco Chronicle
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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…
New York Times
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Like Rosewater, Tickling Giants acknowledges that political satire carries much higher stakes under a repressive regime.

March 16, 2017 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
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Tickling Giants comes off as both a fact-based look at fighting fire with funny and a prescient cautionary tale.

March 15, 2017 | Full Review…
Village Voice
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Tickling Giants provides a comprehensive examination of Youssef's career highs and lows while providing a vivid personal portrait of its subject whose cheerfulness and resolve began to wither in the face of constant threats to himself and his family.

March 15, 2017 | Full Review…
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