Tickling giants

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  • In the midst of the Egyptian Arab Spring, Bassem Youssef makes a decision that's every mother's worst nightmare & e leaves his job as a heart surgeon to become a full-time comedian. Dubbed "The Egyptian Jon Stewart," Bassem creates the satirical show, Al Bernameg. The weekly program quickly becomes the most viewed television program in the Middle East, with 30 million viewers per episode. But, in a country where free speech is not settled law, his show becomes as controversial as it is popular. Despite increasing danger, Bassem employs comedy, not violence, to comment on hypocrisy in media, politics, and religion. Tickling Giants follows the "Al Bernameg" team as they discover democracy is not easily won.


  • Originally released as a motion picture in 2016.
  • Includes bonus interview with Samantha Bee and Bassem Youssef.
  • DVD.
  • In English and Arabic; with English and Arabic subtitles.
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