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    Screening Event: "Tickling Giants" with Bassem Youssef

    Join us for a screening of "Tickling Giants," an award-winning documentary that follows the team behind Bassem Youssef's "Al Bernameg." After the screening, attend a q-and-a with Youssef and an editor from The Onion as they discuss how satire can be a powerful tool for political change across the globe.

    Sunday, Mar 26, 2017 6:00 - 8:30 PM @ University of Chicago: Max Palevsky Cinema
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    Bassem Youssef
    Comedian & TV Host
    Seena Valli
    Senior Writer & Sports Editor, The Onion

    Dubbed “The Jon Stewart of Egypt,” comedian Bassem Youssef created the political satire show “Al Bernameg.” The weekly program quickly became the most-viewed television program in the Middle East, with 30 million viewers per episode at its peak. To put that into perspective, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” averaged 2 million viewers.

    Tickling Giants follows the team of “Al Bernameg” as they discover that democracy is not easily won. The young women and men working on Youssef’s show are fearless revolutionaries who just happen to be really, really funny.

    In a country where free speech is not settled law, Bassem’s show becomes as controversial as it is popular. He and his staff enduree physical threats, protests and legal action—all because of jokes. As Youssef attempts to remain on the air, keep his staff safe and avoid being arrested, he continues to hold those in power accountable. Despite increasing danger, the team at “Al Bernameg” employs comedy—not violence—to comment on hypocrisy in media, politics and religion.

    This screening will be followed by a q-and-a with Bassem Youssef and Senior Writer and Sports Editor of" target="_blank">The Onion Seena Valli. 

    To learn more about Tickling Giants," target="_blank">watch the trailer or visit the film's" target="_blank">website.

    Sunday, Mar 26, 2017 6:00 - 8:30 PM
    University of Chicago: Max Palevsky Cinema
    Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637
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    Here are a list of things you can do before and after the event to join the conversation.

    We encourage you to watch the video from our program, "After the Arab Spring: The United States' Middle East Strategy and What's Next?" for an illuminating discussion about U.S. foreign policy, the interests that policy represents and what to watch for in the coming years.

    The filmmakers of Tickling Giants have five takeaways they hope you'll think about:

    1. We can all challenge abuses of power, in our own creative, non-violent ways.

    We want to generate a movement where people choose to start #TicklingGiants. It could be a bully in a classroom, a boss who takes advantage or a president who has gone too far. When you see someone abusing power, do something and share it with the hashtag #TicklingGiants.

    2. Free speech is under attack and we must defend it.

    Journalists, comedians and artists around the world are facing increasing criticism and, in some cases, censorship. We must fight for the right to free speech and advocate for others who do not have the freedom to speak out.

    3. The Muslim community worldwide, including in Arab countries, is under attack.

    Support movements that welcome and engage Muslims. Let Muslims in your community know that you are an ally. Tell your government representatives that you believe in equality for all people, regardless of religion, and let them know that you celebrate diversity in your community.

    4. Creativity and humor can make difficult issues easier to discuss.

    Encourage art, music, comedy and other creative ways of challenging power. Draw a picture. Sing a song. Art may help you express yourself, and sharing it may also help someone around you. Instigate an art explosion that reflects the challenges of our time.

    5. The people of Egypt are not currently able to live freely, but there is still hope for a better future.

    Change takes time. Instead of accepting the injustices in Egypt, discuss the Arab Spring with those you know and keep the ideals of free expression alive. Encourage people that may not already know about the Arab Spring to learn about and discuss the challenges facing Egyptians right now.

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