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Tickling Giants (2017)

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Critic Consensus: 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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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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[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…

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…

Like Rosewater, Tickling Giants acknowledges that political satire carries much higher stakes under a repressive regime.

March 16, 2017 | Full Review…

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…

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