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Tickling Giants

Tickling Giants is a movie starring Bassem Youssef, Jon Stewart, and Shadi Alfons. While the Egyptian revolution of 2011 is underway, surgeon turned comedian Bassem Youssef airs a television show that makes him popular to his...

Running Time
1 hours 51 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Documentary
Director
Sara Taksler
Writer
Sara Taksler
Actors
Bassem Youssef, Shadi Alfons, Khaled Mansour, Jon Stewart
Country
USA
Year
2016
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

The Arab Spring in Egypt: From a dictator to free elections, back to a dictatorship. One comedy show united the country and tested the limits of free press. This is the story of Bassem Youssef, a cardiologist turned comedian, the Jon Stewart of Egypt, and his show "The Show".

Comments about documentary «Tickling Giants» (21)

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Pamela

This documentary is quite an achievement. This shows the situation of the native populations in North America and the problems that they had with the military. It shows the true history of the native Americans and how they struggled to maintain their own way of life. I personally am from New York and I was very moved by this film. I just hope that this film gets more distribution because it is so important.

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Anthony F.

I really enjoyed this movie. I'm not a huge fan of LMAO music, but this documentary was an absolute pleasure to watch. If you're into the science of modern humans, you'll love it. If you're more interested in the culture and society that most of us live in, you'll probably love it. You can probably watch this movie with the same exact amount of enjoyment. The video features a lot of interesting clips, including those used in the documentary, and they are well worth the time spent on it. If you like LMAO music, this documentary is definitely worth watching. I've been listening to it since it was released.

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Douglas

I think this movie is an awesome and wonderful documentary. I am always so frustrated with that this is just a few years ago that I was the one of those who would walk out of the theater because we were bored. I was so excited to see this movie but the crowd really wanted more, and then I was the one who got bored, because I didn't know what to expect. But now, I am in love with this movie. This film just grabbed my heart. The films director, Jim Gallagher, did an amazing job of telling the story of the birds. It was just like watching an episode of Bird Wars or The Birds with such love and passion and love. Each Bird, each Waterbird, and every water bird in the film really felt like an animal. The film was such a good idea for this film, and really made me realize that I really enjoyed all of the creatures featured in this film. I also really enjoyed the "Hey thats cool" moments of the film. The movie will leave you with a lot of questions and then you will leave thinking. It was amazing and heart touching. I loved the work of Jim Gallagher, I really enjoyed the way he put the pictures and the movie together. I truly thought this movie was an amazing documentary and an awesome film. I would highly recommend this movie to everyone.

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Albert J.

Many of the experiences in this documentary are harrowing and depressing. They are so common and so often do they happen to many people. It is hard to accept. But when we see how common it is, and how upsetting it can be, it makes us think more deeply about the topic. It helps us to realize that it doesn't really matter how much money we have or what kind of person we are, or what we are wearing, we still end up feeling the same way. We still feel that things are wrong. The more deeply we consider this topic, the better we will feel about it. I recommend this documentary to everyone, especially to the ones who have already taken actions to make their lives better. It really is helpful for a lot of people. I am glad I saw this documentary and am glad it was finally released on DVD.

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Matthew Marshall

This is a great documentary for children and for all of us who love history. I remember my brother and I running around the city talking about how we would have to race against time. The documentary touches on every level of the first world war. It shows the European Resistance and the great atrocities committed by the Nazis. It also shows what the Jews went through during the war. The documentary begins in September 1939, when the Nazis brought in the Nazis. As we hear from the Jews in their sojourns in camps, the Nazis begin to raze them. The documentary shows the look on the faces of these people when they see the piles of bodies. There is the look of horror on the faces of the people as they witness the atrocities. It is also a look on the actions of the British soldiers as they shoot, pillage, rape and pillage every structure and camp they come across. The people who created this documentary obviously cared about the Jews and wanted to see them suffer. There is the graphic depiction of the atrocities that the Germans commit on the Jews. There are also many interesting details and facts. For example, the newspaper that the Germans use to attack the Jews is known as "Zion" and the Germans refer to themselves as "Rothschilds." There are many scenes that show how the Jews in the camps are treated, both physically and psychologically. For example, one of the things they show is how the Jews are given an hour to remove their outer clothes. When they enter the camp, the guards watch to see who is naked. The final image of the film is the burning of the trains of the trains of the Jews that were being sent to death camps. When the train is burning, the Jews are shot. There are also scenes of the resistance fighters in the camp. When the Germans arrived, they did not show the resistance fighters, they showed the resistance fighters. As the Jews began to be shot in the camps, they would turn to the resistance fighters and tell them that the Germans were not shooting them. They also pointed out to the resistance fighters the Nazi atrocities that they were witnessing. There is a point where they point out how the Germans did not want the Jews to take the photographs of the atrocities. This documentary will not leave you sad or depressed. It will make you wonder about the humanity that we are so proud of. There are many great points in the film that you cannot take your eyes off of. I highly recommend this film to all who enjoy history.

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Jose R.

I've always wanted to see this film, and finally got to see it in New Zealand. It's only four years since the original The Island, and it really is a shame that this film hasn't been released in the states. The original directed by Jeannot Szwarc was hugely disappointing, and I really hope they aren't making another. The Island was a great film in every aspect, the performances were outstanding, the photography was great, and there was one scene that really left me in awe. The scenes were all beautifully shot, and it was just brilliant to see New Zealand's nature captured on film. The plot was interesting, and not just about a guy. I'm not exactly a huge fan of the boy-man genre, but this was definitely worth watching. I hope the film is released soon so I can watch it again and get my own opinion.

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Charles Carr

I've always enjoyed watching "tickling" animals, especially the big cats (i.e. the jaguar, the tiger, the jaguarudo). And I thought it was particularly good that a documentary was made on the many, many,, MANY endangered creatures who are now on the brink of extinction, including the Bengal Tiger. I also thought it was great that this documentary included the story of the tigers themselves, which is not often seen in documentaries. Of course, I also thought the narration was excellent. I appreciated the fact that the narrator knew so much about the endangered animals he was narrating about. The narration didn't preach, but just told the story of what happened to these animals and how they became endangered. I thought the narration was excellent and informative, and the narrating was also funny and entertaining. I really, really enjoyed watching this documentary, and I think this is an excellent documentary that should be seen by everyone. I give this documentary an 8 out of 10.

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Carl Hill

One of the best documentaries I have ever seen. If you have a chance, watch it. It's a movie about life as it really is and not some fictionalized version of it. The movie is not pretentious or masochistic in any way. It does not try to make the viewer feel guilty about their own life or the struggles they are going through. It simply takes you on a journey through human beings who have faced the same challenges as you and that is normal. The beautiful thing about the film is that it does not paint us with a bias towards any particular religion. Instead it asks us to be open minded and ask the questions that they ask you, the viewer. You know that questions are important to the filmmaker and that you are going to be engaged by the answers that they give you. This is a film that really gets at the heart of how we all struggle and what makes us human. So it is worth seeing if you want to get a really deep insight into what people go through and how you deal with them.

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Joe

This is one of the few films I've seen recently about the great Eastern European history of the 20th Century that's actually worth watching. The two narrators are brothers and discuss both their political ideals and how the Czech people (and their leader, Miro Cercon) have shaped the history of that era. The first narrator was born in 1924, the other in 1952. The older brother is the director of the "Historical Institute of Prague", and he was a teacher of history in that city. They are now both working as professionals in Prague. The younger narrator is a filmmaker and the director of a small independent movie studio. The first narrator is more positive about the Czech state. He says that the Communist regime in the Czech Republic was more modern and he was more concerned about the state's welfare than his own. He also seems to be concerned about people's happiness and how important it is to have a job. He even goes so far as to say that it's not enough for one to live in comfort, but that happiness comes from the fulfillment of personal needs. The younger narrator was more negative about the Czech state and it seemed to have more to do with the personal needs of the citizens. He is angry at the government because the Communist party has no economic or political leadership, and no sense of purpose. He also seems to have a stronger sense of identity with the Czech state and seems to be happier living there than anywhere else. He was happy to be able to live in a beautiful, modern city where there were many people of his own nationality. He feels proud of the country's historical accomplishments. However, the younger narrator doesn't seem to be able to agree with the older brother. He seems to be more of a pragmatist and seems to support the Communist party. He is even more angry at the government and seems to think that the Czech people have little to gain from staying in the communist system. However, the younger narrator does express some of his disapproval of the way the government had handled the situation in Eastern Europe. For example, he is upset at how some of the people had been treated by the Communist regime and felt that the regime had been destroying Czech culture. The Communist party is also viewed as a very strong force in Czech culture and, apparently, is responsible for the impoverishment of the Czech people in their own country. Still, the younger narrator seems to be a sort of an intellectual, not a very religious person. He seems to be more concerned with things such as personal fulfillment and cultural preservation. The younger narrator seems to have a very negative view of the communism that was in power in Eastern Europe. He feels that it was destroying a way of life that he and his family had known for decades and he doesn't seem to be very concerned about the people in Eastern Europe who might be fleeing the Communist regime. It's also not clear what the younger narrator is saying about the Czech state. He seems to have a strong sense of Czech identity but seems to have little understanding of what that means or how it has developed. The young narrator seems to be a pragmatist and seems to support the communist party, but seems not to have much knowledge of the Czech state. There are many other episodes that would make a good documentary about the history of Czechoslovakia, but these three are the most important. The documentary is primarily an academic one, but I think that's why it was so interesting and worth watching. In addition, there are historical facts and quotes that are rarely included in other documentaries. It's also interesting to learn about the history of Czechoslovakia in the context of the time that they were writing the documentary. The narrator and his brother talk about events that happened a long time ago and they are basically reciting what they think happened in the past.

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Albert

This is a documentary that brings to life the visceral, personal, and intense nature of the American Dream. It is a story of a man and his success, of what it means to be a millionaire, and of the issues that come with wealth. The central argument of the film is that the person who can achieve this is a single person. If you are not working, there is nothing for you to build. It is a down-to-earth story of how money can be a source of wealth, but it does not ensure happiness. The viewer is not forced to feel a kind of kinship with the people in the film. In fact, the story of the film is not much about America or the lives of its citizens, but about the way this wealth is utilized. There is a lot to appreciate in the film, but for the purposes of this review I will not go into depth. The documentary follows Robert Huth, an American Indian whose success came from being able to sell his father's boat. His success and his success's fall back to the role he played in this success, being a rich, successful man in America. If you are wondering what this film is about, it is a great story about a man's struggle to realize his dream and fulfill it. By doing so, he was able to change the lives of those around him and his family.

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Alexander Perez

Tickling Giants is a documentary that delves into the experience of transgender people (transgender women and men) of all ages, orientations, and ethnicities. To do this, it dives into the lives of four transgender women of varying ages and backgrounds and presents them in various states of transition (mostly transition from women to men). With transgender people, there are many different things that can cause them to transition; whether it's hormonal or surgical, as well as psychological and social reasons. It's the job of transgender people to come to terms with their transitioning, the changes that have come with that transition, and to cope with their families and the society around them. Their experiences are presented in a variety of ways, which are presented in a documentary style. The stories themselves, from time to time, are both heartbreaking and moving. In one case, a woman transitions from being a male to a female, which comes with much anxiety. Through an incredible, moving narrative, we are able to get to know the transgender person intimately. It makes us understand the person behind this transition, and her transition from one gender to another. We see how a person has had her transition, and is now going through it. The narratives are presented in a very gentle and non-judgmental way, and it feels quite natural to have these individuals tell their stories. The way the stories are presented gives the viewer a feeling of the personal issues trans women deal with. They all have stories, but some have more than others. As a viewer, it makes you feel the emotions they're experiencing, as well as the transition to one gender or another. Although the stories are pretty much self-centered, it's their stories that are the most entertaining part of the film. They're simple and heartbreaking, and you almost want to break down in tears while watching them. And it's clear from the outset that the three transgender women in the documentary were all on the spectrum, not as straight as people make it seem. They were honest with the camera about their story. They're not the prettiest people you'd ever want to meet. They're not the brightest. They're not the smartest. They're not the most talented. But they are people who are so dedicated to being who they are that they are willing to make sacrifices for who they are. Their stories, however long and drawn out, don't seem to end once they leave the stage. We also get to meet some of the family members of the transgender people in the documentary. They're also incredibly interesting people, but not in a mean-spirited way. Some of the family members are openly supportive and encourage their transgender children to come out and transition. I felt that the documentary handled some pretty sensitive topics very well. For instance, in one case, a trans woman's husband leaves her, but the family members and friends support and encourage the transition. It's not a superficial film, but also not just about transgender issues. It's not just about transgender people; it's about the lives of the transgender people. The ending of the film is poignant and sad, and is also the most powerful part of the documentary. It brings the world together and makes people who have no idea who these people are feel the pain of these people. We are the audiences, and as the film ends, it's just us together. It's sad, and it's not as easy to watch as it may seem. But it's extremely powerful, and the emotions it brings are tremendous. This is a powerful film that has the potential to do so much more. I felt the transition was touching and uplifting, but it was also brutal and poignant. And the characters were important to me, and they were all very interesting. I'd recommend this film for anyone who wants to learn more about the lives of transgender people. It's a great documentary, and an excellent documentary. It's definitely not for the faint of heart, but it's a powerful, emotional, and powerful film.

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Julie N.

The historical context of this film is largely lost on the average viewer. That's why the attention of this viewer has been drawn to the work of Edward Quatermain. Many of the children are now adults, and they have seen this story often and understood it. Even though this was a wartime film, it still stands as an important source of knowledge and is worthy of any person's attention. Because of its influence on this viewer, I have also written a book on the story, which is based on this film.

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Jane

This is a documentary that presents various personal experiences in an unusual setting, namely the woods and the animals that live there. The best moments come from quiet, personal observations, from ordinary folks enjoying a couple of days of nature. This is not Hollywood-style sensationalism - it's a unique personal experience, and one that should be enjoyed for what it is, rather than as an attempt to impose its political agenda on people. It's also a movie that will be very difficult for the average viewer to "get". I would recommend this film to everyone - especially people who want to enjoy a day in nature. I'm convinced that many of the people who visit our national parks and forests really do "get" nature, and don't want to be presented with a new version of the same "shoestring movie" that is portrayed so well in the national news.

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Virginia J.

I have not read the book, but this film is excellent. Most of the questions raised by the book are answered by the movie. There are some people who may not understand the meaning of the changes, but they will be understood. If you read the book, you will understand the changes to the language of the book and you may not need to read the book to understand the changes. You should also be familiar with the history of the TV series, that can be very informative. My husband is a teacher and is one of the best in the industry. I read the book first and gave the film a chance and I loved it. I loved the interview with Paltrow, and I loved the knowledge of what was in the book. I also loved the one that Paltrow does for the BBC. I am also a fan of Paltrow and they are great together. I think the change to the language of the TV show, was good because it makes it easier for the other people who have not read the book to understand the meaning. It was great to see this amazing series brought to the big screen, and I hope that this movie can bring the series to the big screen.

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Aaron

This is a very useful documentary, even if you have no interest in being an explorer. In fact, it's far more useful than you might think. It doesn't pretend to be a documentary, and neither do I think it's interested in being a documentary. Rather, it shows a real life from a historical point of view, about an historical man. And there are many historical men and the great explorer Thor Heyerdahl. You would think that we would be able to pick out most of the characteristics from him. But when he lived, there were still too many exceptions. It is worth it to watch this because it gives you a sense of what Heyerdahl went through, and how he managed to conquer his fears and become a myth. He had to deal with the church, the German nation, the Nazi party and his own history. It's a rare thing to see a documentary that does not leave you with a personal opinion or a lesson. The documentary is almost as good as reading the book, but you should watch the book first. If you don't know what Heyerdahl did, watch the film. If you know what he did, then watch the documentary. You will both see the good and the bad, and then you will have a real appreciation of this man. And one thing: it's a must-see documentary for people who have studied the history of Hiserdahl.

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Olivia Brooks

A movie that does a good job of depicting how humans work, why we're afraid of heights, and why we have so much trouble falling off of these things. It's a very difficult subject to get right, but I found this to be pretty enjoyable. The kids are great, they look at what they see and try to keep them away from flying things. Some of them are surprisingly good at it. The story doesn't go into great detail, but it's a fascinating one. It's not a "funny" movie. I don't think it's a classic. It's mostly technical, but it was interesting. Also, I think it's a good movie for kids to see, since I'm a kid and I think it's cool to see what's so scary about heights.

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Sara R.

I feel like the questions the BBC used in this documentary are really the ones that the viewer is left with. The biggest question is how did the dinosaurs get their wings. Of course, the answers are not the ones you would expect. After all, they are just rocks. But is there a way to be definitive? It seems that the BBC decided to get the answers to these questions straight. I am sure that there will be a lot of people who are more intrigued than I was. One thing I will say is that the movie is an improvement on the BBC's original documentary. Some of the interviews were not so good. The dinosaur scenes were not very well done. All in all, a decent documentary. Check it out.

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Nicole

Great follow-up to 2004's "A Walk in the Woods". The story concerns the horrific outbreak of the bird flu, as we witness the slow struggle between the H5N1 virus and a team of quarantined wild birds. For the most part, the film centers on a specially adapted bird flu (Pileus viride) infected dachshund. When a flu virus causes the U.S. National Science Foundation to issue a travel advisory, a quarantined U.S. Army medical personnel is forced to travel to Thailand to work with a large and highly aggressive strain of the disease. Throughout the trip, the virus kills any human, including a pregnant woman, a horse and a crocodile. While at a village, the wife of a local doctor, Alex, introduces him to an ancient-looking stork (seriously). She tells him that when the stork finds an infected human, it turns to a flying cocoon. She also tells him about the true story of the infected H5N1 bird flu, which may well be the first human case of an avian flu outbreak since 1918. Throughout the film, we get to know the lives of the remaining quarantined people and birds, which reveals some incredibly fascinating facts about how life is in a quarantined area. If you're a person who enjoys documentaries about the other side of human-nature, I would definitely recommend this film.

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Rachel

I've recently been learning about the life of an angler in Alaska, so I decided to watch the documentary. It's about a big lake where you have to be a proficient angler to stay successful. I can understand why a beginner would feel intimidated and annoyed at times, but there is nothing more intimidating than feeling like you're "not good enough". I loved this documentary for it's honesty and candor, the way they tried to portray the life of an angler as it relates to their sport. I would highly recommend this documentary to anyone looking to learn more about the world of angling.

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Stephen

Kevin MacDonald breaks down his thoughts on watching this documentary in a new review, which you can find at his site. I will just say that the documentary covers a lot of ground and although it is informative, it is definitely not the best documentary of the year. It does have a few good points to it, but I think that it is a little bit too long. It does start to feel like a television show and then it just gets a bit too long. However, it does have some really good moments, including an interview with the filmmaker. Even if it does feel like a show in the beginning, the documentary definitely covers some ground. It is a really good documentary. If you are looking for a documentary that covers a lot of ground, you should check it out.

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Keith Rogers

This documentary is about a renowned spanish tree surgeon, Diego Valenzuela, who has been performing natural regeneration on trees in cities and countryside. He is well known for his magical tree taking on three different forms, with the usual joke of the bark "being the third eye", hence the name Valenzuela. He also performs the natural regeneration on saplings and shrubs. In the beginning, I was thinking it was going to be just another documentary about regeneration, but after the final work in the movie I found out that this was more than a documentary. It was a sci-fi film about tree and jungle regeneration. There are scenes of trees that appear alive, while those that are already dead, or at least dead. It was like watching the growth of a new plant from a dead plant. It is fascinating and incredible to watch, especially in a film about nature and regeneration. I thought it was the only documentary about regeneration and natural regeneration I had ever seen, so I was prepared for some boring parts but it was different. The acting was great, the sound was great, and the photography was great. The commentary is in Spanish and is not available on YouTube, but it is available in DVD format. I recommend you to watch it, even if you don't understand the Spanish language, because it is definitely a film that you should see.