When filmmaker Tarek Mounib became worried about the demonization of Muslims in the U.S., he says he found reassurance at an unlikely source: a pro-Trump rally in Kentucky.
“When … you follow a Trump rally on television it’s quite scary, but when you’re actually there and you start speaking to people face-to-face, human-to-human, you have a totally different experience of it,” said Mounib, a Canadian-Egyptian based in Switzerland.
Mounib went to a 2017 rally to meet people who feared Muslims, and to offer them a chance to take part in a film where they explored that prejudice. He wanted to approach them with “something kind,” so he offered them a free trip to Egypt.
While he didn’t meet U.S. President Donald Trump, Mounib was invited on stage by a Trump impersonator, who joked that anyone who went to Egypt would be tortured.
“Speaking to some of them … was very difficult because you felt there was absolutely no access. They were closed-minded; they didn’t want to hear anything,” Mounib told The Current’sguest host Duncan McCue.