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Please join us on Saturday, April 22nd as the Roosevelt Institute at Hofstra University proudly hosts a screening of the exclusive documentary, Tickling Giants. The screening will start at 6:00pm in the Axinn Library Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater.
Watch the trailer here.
About the film:
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.
We were personally contacted by Sara Taksler, a Senior Producer of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and we were given a grant to screen the independent movie about Bassem Youssef, the “Egyptian Jon Stewart”, and his fight to bring satire to The Middle East. Tickling Giants is a very funny film about free speech and what happens to a country when power is abused. The goal for Tickling Giants is to kick-off a dialogue about how people can find creative, non-violent ways to be heard when they see an abuse of power. This story couldn’t be more relevant in our own country, right now.
Here is also an interview with Bassem Youssef on The Late Show with Stephen Colbart
Directions to the Axinn Library Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater:
The Guthart Cultural Center Theater is located on the first floor of the Axinn Library, the only 10 story building located on the south side of Hofstra's campus.
Meadowbrook Parkway to exit M4 West (Hempstead Turnpike). Hofstra is less than a mile to the west. At the third traffic light from the Meadowbrook, turn right onto North Campus. At second STOP sign, bear left and park. Walk into the Mack Student Center and continue straight ahead. Cross over pedestrian bridge (Unispan) to the base of the Axinn Library. Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater is on the left.