Tickling Giants (2017)
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Like Rosewater, Tickling Giants acknowledges that political satire carries much higher stakes under a repressive regime.
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