Join Canadian Friends Service Committee for a night of film and discussion.
Free Trip to Egypt is a journey into the unknown, a film about the transformational power of human connection, and a remarkable experiment in kindness and empathy.
Tarek Mounib, a Canadian-Egyptian entrepreneur living in Switzerland, is troubled by a world that seems ever more divided and polarised. In response to increasing levels of anger and hatred towards “the other” on American social and broadcast media, he resolves to reach out to the very people who fear his culture, with an intriguing idea – a free trip to Egypt.
As he travels across America from Manhattan to a Trump Rally in Kentucky, the initial reactions range from disbelief to hostility, but eventually, a diverse group is selected. These characters are a cross-section of contemporary America: including a teacher, a police officer, a Marine veteran, a single mom, a preacher and a beauty pageant queen. All have their preconceptions but all are receptive and courageous enough to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
On arrival in Egypt the Americans are paired with locals just as diverse as they are. A retired school teacher and her husband are united with a young Egyptian revolutionary. Two photojournalists from different countries must confront their different experiences. A Christian missionary and a former Miss Kentucky from his congregation are paired with an orthodox Muslim family.
The stories that emerge from these improbable connections are provocative, surprising, funny, magical, emotional, revealing, enlightening, and ultimately life-changing. Free Trip to Egypt is a profoundly original and inspirational feature-length documentary that invites us to leave our baggage behind consider the world anew.
But the journey doesn’t stop there. Free Trip to Egypt has gone on to inspire the global initiative #PledgeToListen which everyone can be a part of.
Learn more about the film: https://www.freetriptoegypt.com
Join CFSC staff member and author of Are We Done Fighting?, Matthew Legge and Gehan Sabry, host of Cross Cultures Radio Show on 98.5 CKWR, after the film for a discussion.
Join us for the screening and the discussion via Zoom:
If you have trouble viewing the film with us on Zoom, you can rent the film online for $1.99 here: https://www.freetriptoegypt.com/watch#rentonline
Be sure to join us on Zoom at 8:40 PM EDT for a discussion with Matthew Legge
Learn more about Canadian Friend Service Committee’s peace work: https://quakerservice.ca/our-work/peace/
Get a free chapter of CFSC’s book Are We Done Fighting? https://arewedonefighting.com/