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Geographical Society of Philadelphia Presents

Egypt's Secret Side

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Tuesday 3/1
7:00 pm
$25 General Public
$20 IHP & Geo. Society Members
$10 Students
FREE IHP Residents (box office only)

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Egypt's Secret Side takes you on a dramatic, fast-paced and unforgettable journey through a side of Egypt that few Westerners ever see. For three months, National Geographic explorer Karin Muller traveled through Egypt, living with garbage collectors, Nile fishermen, and Bedouin nomads.  She also narrowly escaped with her life after being in a riot.  International House Philadelphia and the Geographical Society of Philadelphia are partnering to bring this unique explorer and her film to the community. Muller, a Swiss-born author, filmmaker, photographer and adventurer, will be in attendance for this special one-night-only event. Meet Karin and explore Egypt's Secret Side.

ABOUT KARIN MULLER: Muller set out in the 1990s to travel the world's historic highways. She is an expert lecturer on Japan for the National Geographic Society, has been featured on National Public Radio, and her writing appears in National Geographic and Traveler magazines. Her first expedition took her to the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Vietnam, which enabled her to produce a PBS television special, Hitchhiking Vietnam, and a companion book by Globe Pequot Press of the same name. Her second expedition took her to the Inca Road, a four-thousand-mile trek from Quito, Ecuador to Santiago, Chile resulting in a television series, Along the Inca Road for National Geographic and a book published by the Adventure Press. Muller's third adventure took her to Japan, where she lived with a pre-Buddhist mountain ascetic cult, joined a samurai-mounted archery team, and completed a 1,300-kilometer pilgrimage around Shikoku. This journey was published in Japanland: A Year in Search of Wa, as both a documentary series and book. She took no camera crew or companions, or even much money, and went on foot and emerged profoundly changed and understanding more, but also realized as a "typical" American that he could not really become Japanese.


Karin's next vision as an explorer was to film everyday life over a period of time in conflict regions of the world to better understand the challenges faced by people.  Her first undertaking was Darfur. In 2013, over the course of three months, and without the supervision or permission of the Cuban government, Muller produced a film documenting both the successes and failures of the Cuban government despite being detained by Cuban authorities over 12 times.  


The Geographical Society of Philadelphia is honored to present her latest film. GSP was founded in 1891 by people with a passion for exploration and geography, and has been bringing the world to Philadelphia for 122 years.