An experiment in kindness takes Canadian-Egyptian Entrepreneur of Muslim faith Tarek Mounib on a journey into the depths of human connection. Seeking to build a bridge of mutual understanding and friendship Mounib, reached out to the very people who fear him making them an intriguing offer: an all-expenses paid trip to Egypt. The experience is captured in the powerful and eye-opening new film, Free Trip to Egypt, which brings Americans concerned about Islamic extremism to the Middle East and will be screening at Picture House on October 13 and 27.
Mounib brings Adam Saleh, an American Muslim YouTube celebrity and comedian, to America and they set out across the country 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. Ultimately, seven individuals willing to confront their own prejudices were taken on the adventure of a lifetime arriving in Cairo, Egypt, in July 2017. The Americans, including a school teacher, police officer, Marine Corps veteran, single mom, preacher and beauty pageant queen, spent 10 days paired with locals just as diverse as them, including a young Egyptian revolutionary, an orthodox Muslim family, and a left-leaning journalist. The heartwarming and unpredictable story that unfolds has inspired the global #PledgeToListen movement, which asks people to commit to civility, deep listening, and to promote authentic conversation within their communities.
To further the message, people can join the conversation and take the pledge to listen by visiting www.FreeTripToEgypt.com, and share a video on social media about why it’s important to listen with #PledgeToListen.
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