CANADIAN FILMMAKER WANTED TO HELP PEOPLE GET OVER THEIR ISLAMOPHOBIA. SO HE OFFERED THEM A FREE TRIP TO EGYPT

Tarek Mounib says his film shows the world is tired of polarized rhetoric

Tarek Mounib (Photo by Ingrid Serban)

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.

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