Tickling Giants

111 minutes14A

Apr 1
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Filmmaker Sara Taksler joins moderator Ben Makuch to present her portrait of Baseem Youssef, The "Egyptian Jon Stewart," who fights for free speech with wit, insight and laughs.

Sara Taksler

A Senior Producer at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Sara Taksler has pitched stories and jokes, and researched footage for over a decade. Taksler directed and produced the feature documentary, TWISTED: A Balloonamentary, a hilarious and heartwarming look at the world's premier balloon-twisting convention. Taksler can talk backwards and has a remarkable fake sneeze.

Ben Makuch

Ben Makuch is the host of the VICELAND series Cyberwar and an award-winning national security reporter with VICE News in Toronto. He previously worked with the Canadian Press’ Ottawa Bureau covering federal politics and was one of the first reporters in contact with jihadists from Canada fighting in Iraq and Syria. Makuch’s reporting caught the attention of federal authorities who served him with a top-secret production order to hand over all source materials connected to Farah Mohamed Shirdon, an alleged Islamic State fighter from Calgary. Makuch refused and is now fighting the production order in court. For his work, Makuch was awarded the Canadian National Freedom of the Press Award and was honoured for his investigative journalism by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.