Shh, don't tell! Bassem Youssef's documentary "Tickling Giants" was filmed in secret
A still of Bassem and Sara from the Tickling Giants trailer. (Image: YouTube still)
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Sara Taksler, a senior producer at the “Daily Show with Jon Stewart” recently said that she has secretly directed a documentary called “Tickling Giants”, the New York Times reported .
The documentary, which focuses on Egyptian surgeon-turned-television presenter Bassem Youssef, seeks to explore the nature of free speech and satire in the Middle East. It looks at Youssef’s attempt to remain on air, along with a revolutionary writer, a woman who protests vocally despite her family’s objections and a poet.
It is salient that Taksler is behind “Tickling Giants”, as Bassem’s former show “Al-Bernameg” is modelled the Jon Stewart’s own programme.
Taksler had to shoot the documentary in secrecy because of the security concerns in Egypt. In an e-mail, Taksler tells the New York Times that “because the government of Egypt had begun checking hard drives, to get the last drive out of Egypt someone unrelated to the film had to fly the footage out of the country”.
Now, to raise funds for editing and translation of the documentary, Taksler is turning to the public, via the Internet, for financial support.
Like so many independent filmmakers these days, she is raising money on Indiegogo, a crowd-sourcing website which allows people to look for money for ideas.