World Cinema Sampler - Tickling Giants
If you think foreign films aren't for you, think again! This month we’re bringing you drama, action, a documentary, horror, and adventure from all over the world.
Tickling Giants (2016, NR)
Dr. Bassem Youssef made a decision that's every mother's worst nightmare - he left 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. 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 his politically charged jokes.
"Mostly, the movie makes you understand how every society - and ours more than ever - needs people like Bassem Youssef to demonstrate that laughter will always be one of the essential ways to keep power in check." - Owen Gleiberman, Variety