TICKLING GIANTS

By Sara TAKSLER

SARKASMOS PRODUCTIONS LLC - as PROD

Comedy - Completed 2016

Tickling Giants is the funny and heartbreaking story of Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef's fight to bring satire to the Middle East. Through jokes, he non-violently challenges abuses of power.

Festivals
& Awards

BFI London FF 2016
Laugh
Stockholm IFF 2016
Stockholm Documentary Competition
Tribeca FF 2016
Bergen International 2016
Stockholm IFF 2016
Vancouver IFF 2016
Just For Laughs 2016
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Comedy, Art - Culture, Documentary
    • Countries
    • USA, EGYPT, UNITED KINGDOM
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, ARABIC
    • Duration
    • 111 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Sara TAKSLER
    • Writer(s)
    • Sara TAKSLER
    • Producer(s)
    • Sara TAKSLER (Sarkasmos Productions LLC), Frederic ROSE (Technicolor), Hassan ELMASRY, Monica HAMPTON
    • Synopsis
    • 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 most viewed television program in the Middle East. He has 30 million viewers per episode compared to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’s 2 million viewers. In a country where free speech is not settled law, Bassem comes up with creative ways to non-violently challenge abuses of power. He endures physical threats, protests, and legal action, all because of jokes.

      No unicorns or falafel were harmed in the making of this film.
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