February 19, 2016

Geopgraphical Society of Philadelphia and IHP present “Egypt's Secret Side” on Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

National Geographic Explorer and Filmmaker Karin Muller Will Be in Attendance

Egypt's Secret Side, a documentary from National Geographic Explorer and filmmaker Karin Muller, takes you on a dramatic, fast-paced and unforgettable journey through a side of Egypt that few Westerners ever see. For three months, 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.  The Geographical Society of Philadelphia and International House Philadelphia are partnering to bring Muller and her fascinating film to Philadelphia on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 7pm at IHP’s Ibrahim Theater, 3701 Chestnut Street.  Muller, a Swiss-born author, filmmaker, photographer and adventurer, will attend this special screening to share her personal experience and answer questions from the audience. Tickets are $25 for the general public, $20 for members of the Geographical Society of Philadelphia and IHP, and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ihousephilly/calendar or at the IHP Box Office, 215-387-5125.

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 4,000-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. Then, 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.