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Tickling Giants (2016)

TV-14 | | Documentary | 10 April 2017 (Egypt)
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While the Egyptian revolution of 2011 is underway, surgeon turned comedian Bassem Youssef airs a television show that makes him popular to his countrymen but disliked by the government.

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Sara Taksler

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Sara Taksler
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bassem Youssef ... Himself
Jon Stewart ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shadi Alfons Shadi Alfons ... Himself
Khaled Mansour Khaled Mansour ... Himself
Ayman Wattar Ayman Wattar ... Himself
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Storyline

The Arab Spring in Egypt: From a dictator to free elections, back to a dictatorship. One comedy show united the country and tested the limits of free press. This is the story of Bassem Youssef, a cardiologist turned comedian, the Jon Stewart of Egypt, and his show "The Show". Written by Madeingermany

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Release Date:

10 April 2017 (Egypt) See more »

Also Known As:

Щекоча гигантов See more »

Filming Locations:

Cairo, Egypt See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,159, 19 March 2017

Gross USA:

$51,499

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$51,499
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President Abdelfattah Al-Sisi: I'm talking about a collapsing country. People must understand that, and stand by us with it. Whoever visualizes it differently wants to sabotage Egypt.
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Crazy Credits

The ending credits include another jab at the Egyptian president: "directed by PRESIDENT EL-SISI" "produced by PRESIDENT EL-SISI" "edited by PRESIDENT EL-SISI" "best boy PRESIDENT EL-SISI" "even better boy PRESIDENT EL-SISI"

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The Arab Spring's story told through the story of one man
6 April 2018 | by sherifhusseinezzatSee all my reviews

Tickling Giant is a captivating, intense and authentic experience of what it means to rebel, about the consequences, what the stakes really are, and how the fresh wind of change is received by both the crooks and the oppressed. It is not the story of Bassem Youssef, for Bassem is only a satirist not a leader; it is a story of a voice retrieved, fought for with blood, clenched onto, and then ultimately lost. It shows, with vividness and authenticity, both the promise of the Arab spring and its eventual failure, touching on the reasons for that and showing the timeline of all of it happening in slow and inexorable progression.

It is a must-see for those who are interested in the story of the Arab Spring , for those who want to understand what it means to live in a third-world country where authoritarianism and ignorance prevail, and even for those who just want to know how fascism works and how to spot its warning signs. It's all of this and more, told in the context of Bassem Youssef's world.

As an Egyptian, I watched myself laugh, smile and cry throughout the film as I lived all of it again.


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