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2 hrs, 0 mins
Jon Stewart, Bassem Youssef, Andeel, Miral El Desoki, Tarek AlQazzaz, Hend Radwan
Sara Taksler

TICKETS / Boston / Kendall Square Cinema

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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. The documentary Tickling Giants is directed by Sara Taksler. No unicorns or falafel were harmed in the making of this film. (Partially subtitled)