NR | 111 min | DOCUMENTARY
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. He is soon dubbed "the Egyptian Jon Stewart” after he creates and hosts a weekly satirical news show that becomes the most-watched TV program in the Middle East, with 30 million viewers per episode. In a country where free speech is not settled law, Bassem’s show becomes as controversial as it popular. He and his staff must endure physical threats, protests and legal action, all because of jokes. Despite increasing danger, the team at "Al Bernameg" employ comedy, not violence, to comment on hypocrisy in media, politics, and religion. "Tickling Giants" follows the team as the show earns a supportive fan in Stewart and discovers democracy is not easily won. The young women and men working on Bassem’s show are fearless revolutionaries, who just happen to be really, really funny. 2016. 1 hour, 51 minutes. Directed by Sara Taksler. Metro Detroit premiere.