In the midst of the Egyptian Arab Spring, Bassem Youssef creates the satirical show, “Al Bernameg,” which quickly becomes the most viewed television program in the Middle East, with 30 million viewers per episode. But, in a country where free speech is not settled law, his show becomes as controversial as it is popular. Despite increasing danger, Bassem employs comedy, not violence, to comment on hypocrisy in media, politics, and religion. “Tickling Giants” follows the “Al Bernameg” team as they discover democracy is not easily won.
This fascinating film about the “Egyptian Jon Stewart” will be shown by Amnesty International of Northern Virginia, in conjunction with the Arlington Library, on Thursday, April 27, at 6:30 pm at the Arlington County Main Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington (between Ballston & Virginia Square metro stations). The event is free. Light refreshments will be served.