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Tickling Giants (2016)

TV-14 | | Documentary | 10 April 2017 (Egypt)
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While the Egyptian revolution of 2011 is underway, surgeon turned comedian Bassem Youssef airs a television show that makes him popular to his countrymen but disliked by the government.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Bassem Youssef ... Himself
Jon Stewart ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shadi Alfons Shadi Alfons ... Himself
Khaled Mansour Khaled Mansour ... Himself
Ayman Wattar Ayman Wattar ... Himself
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Storyline

The Arab Spring in Egypt: From a dictator to free elections, back to a dictatorship. One comedy show united the country and tested the limits of free press. This is the story of Bassem Youssef, a cardiologist turned comedian, the Jon Stewart of Egypt, and his show "The Show". Written by Madeingermany

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English

Release Date:

10 April 2017 (Egypt) See more »

Also Known As:

Щекоча гигантов See more »

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Cairo, Egypt See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,159, 19 March 2017

Gross USA:

$51,499

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$51,499
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American Journalist: There was a comedian who created a show similar to our own John Stewart-it was a satire. That program was taken off the air. That's not freedom of expression.
President Abdelfattah Al-Sisi: I hope you believe me. We had nothing to do with that at all.
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Crazy Credits

The ending credits include another jab at the Egyptian president: "directed by PRESIDENT EL-SISI" "produced by PRESIDENT EL-SISI" "edited by PRESIDENT EL-SISI" "best boy PRESIDENT EL-SISI" "even better boy PRESIDENT EL-SISI"

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The Feather Is Mightier Than The Sword
17 January 2018 | by gogoschka-1See all my reviews

This documentary is more thrilling and touching than any movie I've seen in 2017. It's the story of a charismatic, courageous man who decided to take on the mighty and the powerful with humor.

If you've ever heard and believed the expression "the pen is mightier than the sword", you'll find it is even more true when you understand the literal (original) meaning of pen is feather. For the sword-bearers in this film seem to be even more afraid of a tickling feather than they are of the written word.

Humor and laughter are the most disarming weapons against dictators, but sadly, the times where at least the fool was allowed to speak the truth to the king seem to be long gone.

This film tells one of the most captivating stories I've come across in a long time, and I highly recommend it to any film fan, but in particular to fans of political satire and intelligent comedy. 9 stars out of 10.

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