Seeking to build a bridge of mutual understanding and friendship, a Canadian-Egyptian entrepreneur living in Switzerland decides to reach out to the very people who fear him. He travels across the United States to find Americans concerned about an Islamic threat and makes them an intriguing offer: a Free Trip to Egypt.
The initial reactions range from disbelief to hostility, but eventually a diverse group from various backgrounds is selected, including: a teacher, a police officer, a Marine veteran, a single mom, a preacher and a beauty pageant queen. All have their preconceptions but are receptive and courageous enough to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
Soon enough, the band of travelers arrives in Egypt where the Americans are paired with local Egyptians just as diverse as they are. What happens when a retired school teacher and her husband are united with a young Egyptian revolutionary? Two photo journalists from different countries and experiences are placed together? A Christian missionary and a former Miss Kentucky from his congregation are joined with an orthodox Muslim family where the mother covers her face?
The answers are provocative, surprising, funny, magical, emotional, revealing, enlightening and ultimately life-changing — in other words, all things human — in this profoundly original and inspirational feature-length documentary.
This journey ended up inspiring the global initiative #PledgeToListen which everyone can be a part of.
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»When something comes to you as a calling and you feel it deep in your heart and you do it, you know it’s right…«
Tarek Mounib, creator/producer of Free Trip to Egypt
Tarek Mounib had an idea — to bring together two peoples of different cultures, try to connect in kindness instead of fear, and document the experience in a film. A Canadian-Egyptian living in Switzerland, he followed his dream to the United States with a unique enticement for willing Americans: an all-expenses-paid vacation to Egypt for those apprehensive of Islam.
He brought along his friend Adam Saleh, an American Muslim YouTube celebrity and comedian to lighten the trip. The intrepid duo set out across America searching for potential travelers with different backgrounds, beliefs and opinions, leading them to some unusual places — a small town in the heart of Georgia, a Trump Rally in Kentucky, Union Square in New York City and many other fascinating locations in between.
A group of daring, open-minded Americans were chosen to come to Egypt and explore the real land, people and ways of life beyond the media images. When each of the members were teamed with their welcoming Egyptian counterparts, an astonishing, new adventure for everyone began to unfold.
Five separate camera and sound crews filmed the five journeys, capturing all the eye-opening interchanges, unexpected events and breakthrough moments of each amazing expedition.
True to Tarek Mounib’s vision, Free Trip to Egypt is a remarkable cinematic sojourn of revelation and self-discovery for the participants, the filmmakers and the viewer alike.
And the project did not stop there. The film created a desire to bring more listening to the world and #PledgeToListen was born. This is your chance to participate in bringing more listening to the world with just a few clicks. Please join #PledgeToListen.
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