Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet

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Canada | 2014 | 84 minutes | Bill Plympton, Gaëtan Brizzi, Joan C. Gratz, Joann Sfar, Michal Socha, Mohammed Saeed Harib, Nina Paley, Paul Brizzi, Roger Allers, Tomm Moore

The eloquent silence of a young girl and sage words of an imprisoned poet guide us through Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, a richly animated film inspired by the classic book.

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Roger Allers’ (The Lion King) small studio production Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet follows the friendship of a girl, Almitra (Quvenhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild) and a poet, Mustafa (Liam Neeson, The Lego Movie) on the fictional island Orphalese. Almitra doesn’t speak, while Mustafa has a lot to say about life, death, and everything in between. Their story is an adaptation of Kahlil Gibran’s essay poems in “The Prophet”, one of the best-selling books of the twentieth century in US history. Gibran’s verse comes alive through a kaleidoscope of whimsical animated segments woven throughout the story. The film is a tapestry of artistic mastery sewn together by an international crew of animators, artists, and voice actors (including producer, Salma Hayek). Drawing inspiration from the words of an early twentieth century Lebanese poet and philosopher, this creative collaboration is rife with textures and colors (some of which you did not know existed). Segments move from time-lapsed oil painted landscapes swept up in Van Gogh swirls to crayon scribbled images, psychedelic patterns, and dancing shadow puppets. They play like mini music videos set to a score by French-Lebanese composer Gabriel Yared (The English Patient). Tune up your sensory organs—this film is a love child of poetry, music, animation, and art.

Director Biography
Animation artist, screenwriter, and director Roger Allers was captivated by animation after watching Peter Pan in childhood. He’s best known for his work in Disney’s The Lion King but his career working on feature films began in the 1980s with Animalympics, featuring the voices of Billy Crystal and Gilda Radner.

  • Director: Bill Plympton, Gaëtan Brizzi, Joan C. Gratz, Joann Sfar, Michal Socha, Mohammed Saeed Harib, Nina Paley, Paul Brizzi, Roger Allers, Tomm Moore
  • Principal Cast: Voices: Salma Hayek, Liam Neeson, John Krasinski, Alfred Molina, Quvenzhané Wallis
  • Country: Canada, Lebanon, USA, Qatar
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 84 minutes
  • Producer: Salma Hayek-Pinault, Clark Peterson, José Tamez, Ron Senkowski
  • Screenplay: Roger Allers
  • Cinematographers: Bjarne Hansen
  • Editors: Jennifer Dolce
  • Music: Gabriel Yared
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Wild Bunch