The other night I attended the LA premiere of the movie documentary Free Trip to Egypt. The movie was director by my friend, Ingrid Serban and produced by Tarek Mounib, a Canadian born Egyptian now living in Switzerland. To say this is an international film of importance is to put it mildly.
The premise of the film is to explore what would happen if several ordinary Americans agree to take an offer up to go to Egypt on an all-expense paid trip to experience life in Egypt with "real" Egyptians living ordinary lives.
The film takes the viewer on a trip they will never forget...just like the six participants who embark on this life-changing journey. I've seen it twice now and liked it even better the second time.
The filmmakers find xenophobic retirees, evangelicalt Christians, a single mom who is a former marine, and a Texas police man. One tagline says: Free Trip to Egypt Two Cultures. One World. Seeking to build a bridge of mutual understanding and friendship, Canadian-Egyptian entrepreneur Tarek Mounib, accompanied by YouTube celebrity and activist Adam Saleh, travels across the United States to make an intriguing offer: a free trip to Egypt.
This film opened my eyes to my own preconceived notices of what Egypt and Egyptians are like, PLUS, examined my own prejudices regarding those who embarked on the journey.
I would highly recommend seeing this movie, opening in wider release this week.
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