In this age of summer blockbuster movies hearing about a new movie that celebrates poetry is a welcome surprise. This past Thursday actress and producer, Salma Hayek introduced her new movie, Kahilil Gebran’s The Prophet at Lincoln Center. The Prophet, a series of poems written in the 1920s by the Lebanese philosopher Kahlil Gibran has inspired generations of young people. Salma Hayek first discovered the book as a young child on her Lebanese grandfather’s bed table. So her connection to her new project comes with a lot of passion. Putting poetry to film is not an easy task but Ms. Hayek has solicited the help of some very talented animators to bring this story to life. The artists on the eight poems chosen for the film use different techniques of animation. The poems are then strung together by the story of a young girl trying to find her voice. Salma describes this film as a visual and spiritual experience. She believes young people today are misunderstood. "They are looking for purpose in life, this film is about freedom and finding your own voice."
The Prophet will open at The Landmark Sunshine Cinema - 143 East Houston Street, New York on August 7.