Join One World Arts on June 7 at 6:30PM at the ByTowne Cinema for the Ottawa Premiere and a special one-night-only screening of TICKLING GIANTS, a timely, funny, outstanding and must-see documentary following the story of Egyptian comedian, political satirist, and TV show host Bassem Youssef.
“In the midst of the Egyptian Arab Spring, Bassem Youssef left his job as a heart surgeon to become a full-time comedian. Dubbed, “The Egyptian Jon Stewart,” Bassem created the satirical program “The Show” (Al Bernameg). The weekly program quickly became the most viewed television program in the Middle East, with 30 million viewers per episode. In a country where free speech is not protected by law, Bassem’s show becomes as controversial as it is popular. He and his staff must endure physical threats, protests, and legal action, all because of jokes. As Bassem attempts to remain on the air, keep his staff safe, and not get arrested, he continues to let those in power know they are being held accountable. Despite increasing danger, the team at “The Show” employ comedy, not violence, to comment on hypocrisy in media, politics, and religion. Tickling Giants follows the team of “The Show” as they discover 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. No unicorns or falafel were harmed in the making of this film.”
Tickets are $12.00 and proceeds of the event will go to support One World Arts in delivering the 28th annual One World Film Festival, Ottawa’s longest running documentary film festival. For more information and to purchase tickets for this event, visit: http://oneworldfilmfestival.ca/ticklinggiants/
Members of the media are invited attend free of charge. Media inquiries can be directed to media[at]oneworldarts[dot]ca.
TICKLING GIANTS was produced, written and directed by Sara Taksler, Senior Producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and had its World Premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. Visit ticklinggiants.com more information on the film and to watch the trailer.