On a Tuesday this past spring, after his last class ended at 3:30 p.m., Khalid Al-Sudairy ’17 headed to New York City to see a film.
But this wasn’t an ordinary night at the movies. Al-Sudairy was off to the Tribeca Film Festival in Lower Manhattan to see the documentary film he’d had a part in editing. The documentary, Tickling Giants, tells the story of heart-surgeon-turned-talk-show-host Bassem Youssef—nicknamed “the Jon Stewart of Egypt”—and the ways he uses humor and satire to speak out against a repressive government.
For Al-Sudairy, the experience of seeing the final film on the big screen—and his own name in the credits—was “out of this world.”
“The feeling I had walking into the theater, watching the movie, and especially after the movie when I saw everyone and reunited with the people I worked with all summer, was beyond anything I had ever felt,” he said. “I always get an amazing thrill out of editing and showing my own films, but the feeling I got after watching the movie was just incredible.”