Tickling Giants

BBBB

(out of 5)


A successful Cairo surgeon reacts to the country’s growing dissatisfaction with the decades-long reign of Mubarak with a series of YouTube videos whose combination of pointed political criticism and satire gets him millions of views and national fame. By the time of the Morsi regime,  has left medicine behind to host his own show, called quite humorously, “The Show”, which turns him into what is often referred to as the Jon Stewart of Egypt (he eventually, in a very charming sequence, has Stewart as a guest).  Youssef reaches the zenith of show business popularity until Morsi is unseated by General El-Sisi and making jokes about a leader who is a lot less unpopular than his predecessor is enough to get Youssef and company into hot water…and we’re not just talking about heated debates and network cancellations, we’re talking about sending the wife and kids to a safer place to avoid threats of violence.  Former Daily Show producer Sara Taksler directs this probing, powerful documentary that looks at the terrible reality of censorship under a military regime that claims to have brought freedom to a nation whose opinions, at least in this case, it has undeniably suppressed.  Watching Youssef handle the road he has traveled with such charming and jokey aplomb is a pleasure in itself, the film is a terrific combination of harrowing political reality and lighthearted fun.


,

USA, 2016

Directed by

Screenplay by Sara Taksler

Cinematography by

Produced by , , , Sara Taksler

Music by

Film Editing by , ,


Cast Tags:  , , , ,


Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s