Tickling Giants
PAST EVENT
Tickling Giants
Documentary Screening
Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 7:30PM
Northwest Campus Auditorium

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 satirical show, Al Bernameg. The weekly program quickly becomes the most viewed television program in the Middle East. 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. 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’re being held accountable. Despite increasing danger, the team at Al Bernameg employ comedy, not violence, to comment on hypocrisy in media, politics, and religion. Directed by Sara Taksler, Tickling Giants follows the team of Al Bernameg as they discover democracy is not easily won.

This event is free, and limited to current UCLA students/staff/faculty and pre-sale ticket holders only. Proof of ticket purchase must be provided at check-in.  Please RSVP here.

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