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Tickling Giants

  • Jim Santy Auditorium 1255 Park Avenue Park City, UT, 84060 United States (map)

Directed by Sara Taksler
Rated Not Rated, 111 min. 
Free Screening

Part of the Reel Community Series

Bassem Youssef faced an unusual choice in 2011: heart surgeon or full-time satirist. The established doctor picked the unexpected path and it would make him one of the most famous men in the Arab world and earn him the nickname “the Jon Stewart of Egypt.” Charting Youssef’s rise and career as Egypt’s most famous television presenter, Tickling Giants offers a rousing celebration of free speech, showcasing the power of satire to speak for the people and against a repressive government. This story differs from the familiar American success of Stewart and Stephen Colbert: Youssef’s jokes come with serious, dangerous, at times revolutionary consequences.

Post-film discussion with John Mejia, ACLU-Utah. Admission is free.

Earlier Event: June 4
Park Silly Sunday Market
Later Event: June 8
Kingston Trio