The Center for Middle Eastern Studies partners with the DocScapes Film Series to present an upcoming film at the Loft Cinema. Check out all the details at docscapes.org, where you'll find synopses, trailers, reviews and more. DocScapes is a collaborative project of the UA Center for Documentary and the Hanson Film Institute, with support from the Confluence Center for Creative Inquiry.
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.
Directed by Sara Taksler, 2016.
Post-screening discussion led by Abdessalem Choura, an Arabic tutor in the UA School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS).
Sponsors: DocScapes Film Series, Center for Middle East Studies, UA Library, Confluence Center, Hanson Film Institute.