“When you go after a joker, the joke is on you.” – Bassem Youssef, film subject, Tickling Giants
Join Index on Censorship for a screening of Tickling Giants as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival 6-17 March.
Dubbed, “The Egyptian Jon Stewart,” Bassem Youssef hosts the most popular television programme in the Middle East. In the midst of the Egyptian Arab Spring, Youssef left his job as a heart surgeon to become a full-time comedian, and his show ‘Al-Bernameg’ (The Show) now brings in 30 million viewers per episode. In a country where freedom of speech is becoming increasingly restricted with each regime change, Youssef and his courageous staff of young writers develop creative methods to non-violently challenge abuses of power. Enduring physical threats, protests, and legal action, the team test how far they can take the joke.
Sara Taksler, 2016, Documentary, 111 minutes