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The Joke Is Mightier Than the Sword | Bassem Youssef

Presented by OZ Arts Nashville at OZ Arts Nashville, Nashville TN

Nov 18 2017
The Joke Is Mightier Than the Sword | Bassem Youssef

Bassem Youssef

Dubbed the Jon Stewart of the Arab World, Bassem Youssef was the creator and host of the wildly popular TV show “Al-Bernameg,” the first political satire show in the Middle East and, with 30 million viewers every week, the most watched program in the region from 2011 through 2014.

Throughout its three seasons “Al-Bernameg” remained controversial for its hilarious and bold criticism of the ruling powers. Accused of being “anti-Islam” and insulting the president of Egypt, Youssef was arrested and interrogated before being released on bail. During its final season, the show achieved unprecedented ratings before Youssef announced its termination due to overwhelming political pressures on the show and the airing channel.

In The Joke Is Mightier than the Sword, Youssef shares his personal story and his thoughts on the political climate that led to the Arab Spring, its parallels to the current state of American politics and how propaganda lays the foundation for dictatorial regimes.

 In 2013, TIME Magazine named Youssef of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. He has also appeared on Foreign Policy’s list of “100 Leading Global Thinkers.” He was also received the International Press Freedom Award in 2013 from the Committee to Protect Journalists. Youssef’s current projects are a documentary film entitled Tickling Giants, which follows Youssef and the team of “AlBernameg” as they endure physical threats, protests and legal action—all because of jokes. His books include The Democracy Handbook and Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through the Arab Spring.

Photo by Mustapha Azab


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