The astonishing career of Egyptian heart surgeon-turned-political satirist Bassem Youssef is chronicled in this documentary directed by Daily Show producer Sara Taksler. Youssef gave up his lucrative medical profession in 2011 to become one of Egypt’s most powerful television voices of dissent against an oppressive regime. Using comedy as his weapon of choice, the “Egyptian Jon Stewart” employs sarcasm, clever jabs, and biting satire to take on some of the most powerful—not to mention dangerous—people on the planet. Are you brave enough to tell a joke?
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Q&A filmmaker Sara Taksler with JBFC Creative Culture Director Sean Weiner
Q&A filmmaker Sara Taksler & JBFC Creative Culture Director Sean Weiner
Friday, May. 12 2017, 7:30
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A Senior Producer at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Sara Taksler has pitched stories and jokes, and researched footage for over a decade. Taksler directed and produced the feature documentary TWISTED: A Balloonamentary, a hilarious and heartwarming look at the world’s premier balloon-twisting convention. Taksler's latest documentary, Tickling Giants, premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.
This film is part of the Global Watch 2018: Crisis & Social Action series.
This series is sponsored by:
Louis & Anne Abrons Foundation
Theodore & Renee Weiler Foundation
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