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EXCITING NEWS! Encircle Films is moving to a new location for our 2019/2020 season. Please join us in brand new Theater 7 at the Metro in downtown Eugene, 888 Willamette Street. Free parking is available after 6pm in the Parkade structure at 8th & Willamette.

Thursday, September 5 at 6:30pm

at the new expanded Metro Theater

Encircle Films presents

Free Trip to Egypt

Join 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.
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