As part of our [framed] documentary series, Next Stage Arts presents Tickling Giants
— Nominee, Best Documentary, Tribeca Film Festival 2016
In the midst of the Egyptian Arab Spring, Bassem Youssef makes a decision that is every mother’s worst nightmare…he leaves his job as a heart surgeon to become a full-time comedian. (1h 51m)
Presented by editor Moaz Elfarouk. The screening will be followed by a Q&A.
The films in the [framed] series have recently played on the festival circuit around the world including Sundance and Tribeca, and all have been recognized with festival honors. The eclectic lineup explores a wide range of issues including gender, incarceration, beauty, otherness, greed, and the role of family and tradition.
Curator Nancy Schafer worked for the iconic Tribeca Film Festival for 11 years, where she was most recently the festival’s executive director. Schafer and Next Stage co-founder Billy Straus met at the Camden International Film Festival in 2015 where Schafer serves on the advisory board, and the idea of programming a documentary series for Next Stage was born.