Technicolor Supports Sara Taksler’s Documentary, Tickling Giants

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Documentary to Premiere at 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.

Hollywood, CA, (April 12, 2016) – Having recently celebrated its 100 Year Anniversary, Technicolor today announces its backing of director Sara Taksler’s documentary, Tickling Giantsa film that spotlights the consequences of practicing freedom of expression.  Throughout its long history, Technicolor has empowered storytellers to bring their stories to life and this one struck a chord with the Company.

Tickling Giants will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on April 14.

Tickling Giants, which was produced in association with Technicolor, follows Dr. Bassem Youssef and key staff members of Al-Bernameg, Egypt’s first political satire show. In the wake of the Arab Spring, they chose to make a statement and succeeded in showing that comedy can be cathartic. Broadcasting over four seasons, the hysterical antics of the “Egyptian Jon Stewart” were watched by over 30 million people every Friday night.  Tickling Giants takes viewers behind the scenes, showing how Dr. Youssef and his staff walked a true razor’s edge - as their program became more and more popular and controversial, the risks to the show’s creator and staff increased with every broadcast!  Ultimately, the show was cancelled and Dr. Youssef was forced to flee the country.

Technicolor felt an immediate connection to this very humane and emotional story that addresses freedom of expression and the remarkable courage and charisma of Youssef.   As Technicolor CEO Frederic Rose said, “Without freedom of expression, we, as a company, would not be here today. Without it, this entire industry would not exist.”

 “Tickling Giants encapsulates the kind of emerging talent that Technicolor is constantly seeking to help realize their creative dreams,” said Mr. Rose. “In this case, we realized that we could provide substantial support that could empower a nascent storyteller and her film.  Tickling Giants is a very compelling story with global implications.  What better way to celebrate our century of storytelling than by telling one that is about freedom of speech?”

Technicolor provided a myriad of services and key creative talents to Ms. Taksler including creative editorial and support, color finishing, sound mixing, VFX and animation. 

“We are thrilled for Tickling Giants to premiere at Tribeca Film Festival,” stated Ms. Taksler. “It is extremely exciting to finally be able to share this Cinderella-story-gone-awry with the world. Technicolor has provided unbelievable and essential talent and services to make sure Tickling Giants is the best film it can possibly be. It is not an overstatement to say that Technicolor has changed my life.”

John Sloss of Cinetic Media is representing Tickling Giants for domestic and international sales.

For more information on the film and the filmmakers, go to

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