Free Trip To Egypt

98 mins • NR

Showings

Lark Theater Sun, Aug 25 12:00 PM
Lark Theater Fri, Sep 6 4:00 PM
Lark Theater Sun, Sep 8 10:00 AM
Lark Theater Tue, Sep 10 4:15 PM
Lark Theater Fri, Sep 13 12:00 PM
Lark Theater Wed, Sep 18 10:00 AM
Lark Theater Thu, Sep 19 4:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Movie
Release Year:2019
Rating:NR
Genre:Documentary
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Ingrid Serban
Produced By:Tarek Mounib

Description

"We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring
will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."

-TS Eliot


FREE TRIP TO EGYPT

Free Trip to Egypt takes audiences on a remarkable journey, in which an unlikely group of travelers to the Middle East find themselves transformed by the power of human connection.

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.

With the aim of trying to build mutual understanding, Tarek travels across the United States in order to find Americans who feel threatened by Islam and offer them a Free Trip to Egypt.

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 invites us to leave our baggage behind consider the world anew.


"Gently observing how many of our fellow Americans are full of fear while trying, in its tiny way, to do something about that, Ingrid Serban's Free Trip to Egypt offers just that to a handful of travelers."
Hollywood Reporter

"...effectively moving..."
Los Angeles Times