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 ...
A desire to expose Americans to Egyptian culture and promote civil discourse led the filmmaker to offer a free, all expenses paid trip. He had a hard time getting people to take him up on the offer but he eventually gathers a relatively diverse group and we get to come along for the ride.
My favorite part was his pairing of the various group members with their Egyptian guides and the variety of cultural activities they do. I especially like the time they spend in people's homes- really connecting with locals and not just the touristy things.
You'll see how hospitable, kind, fun-loving and compassionate the Egyptian people are.
No surprises that everyone involved grows from the experience.
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