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Cape Cod Festival of Arab & Middle Eastern Cinema

Saturday, May 6th, 2017
Regional Premiere: Tickling Giants by Sara Taksler
7:00 pm


Regional Premiere: Tickling Giants by Sara Taksler

In the midst of the Egyptian Arab Spring, Bassem Youssef makes a decision that's every mother's worst nightmare... He leaves his job as a heart surgeon to become a full—time comedian. Dubbed, "The Egyptian Jon Stewart", Bassem creates the satirical show, Al Bernameg. The weekly program quickly becomes the most viewed television program in the Middle East, with 30 million viewers per episode. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart averaged two million viewers. In a country where free speech is not settled law, Bassem's show becomes as controversial as it popular. He and his staff must endure physical threats, protests, and legal action, all because of jokes.


Presented by the Cape Cod Film Society, this noncompetitive, biennial festival features films of all lengths and genres by filmmakers of Arab or Middle-Eastern descent, with the goal of stimulating cultural understanding about the countries, people, and cultures of these regions though the art of cinema. Feature-length and short films are shown along with filmmaker Q&A's as well as speakers with expertise in film studies, Arab cinema, and the subjects of the participating films.

The fourth edition of this biennial festival takes place May 4 – 7, 2017, with screenings at the Chatham Orpheum Theater, Cape Cod Museum of Art, WOMR Davis Space, and Wellfleet Preservation Hall.

For a full festival schedule, please visit:

The Festival is supported by the Massachusetts Local Cultural Councils of Chatham, Provincetown, and Wellfleet and co-sponsored by WOMR Radio.