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Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet

Directed by Roger Allers, along with poetry segments directed by the leading animators of the world: Gaëtan Brizzi, Paul Brizzi, Joan Gratz, Mohammed Saeed Harib, Tomm Moore, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar, Michal Socha
85 minutes
Canada, France, Lebanon, Qatar, USA. 2014. In English
Starring the voices of Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Alfred Molina, Frank Langella

The Prophet, by celebrated Lebanese-American author and poet Kahlil Gibran, is among the most popular volumes of poetry ever written, selling over 100 million copies in 40 languages since its publication in 1923. Gibran’s timeless verses have been given enchanting new form in this painterly cinematic adventure about freedom and the power of human expression.

This breathtaking animated feature, produced and spearheaded by Salma Hayek, was an official selection at Cannes and made its North American premiere at Toronto International Film Festival.

Written and directed by Roger Allers (The Lion King), the film intersperses Gibran’s elegant poetry within stunning animated sequences by filmmakers Tomm Moore (SJIFF 2010 Opening Night Film The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea), Nina Paley (SJIFF 2009 Official Selection Sita Sings the Blues), SJIFF 2009 El Dorado Award honoree Bill Plympton (Guide Dog), and a host of award-winning animators from around the world. Set in a Mediterranean sea-side village, Kamila (Salma Hayek) cleans house for exiled artist and poet Mustafa (Liam Neeson), but the more difficult job is keeping her free-spirited young daughter, Almitra, (Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild) out of trouble. The three embark on a journey meant to end with Mustafa’s return home – but first they must evade the authorities who fear that the truth in his words will incite rebellion. Featuring music from Damien Rice, Glen Hansard, Yo-Yo Ma, and French-Lebanese composer Gabriel Yared.

Official U.S. Trailer


Salma Hayek and Roger Allers at the Toronto International Film Festival


Salma Hayek on the Today Show


Select Festivals

- World Premiere Launch, 2014 Festival de Cannes, France
- North American Premiere, 2014 Toronto International Film Festival
- US Premiere, 2015 New York International Children's Film Festival
- West Coast Premiere, 2015 Seattle International Film Festival

Meet the Filmmakers

Roger Allers

Roger Allers was born in New York and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona. He made his feature film debut with The Lion King (1994), which he co-directed with Rob Minkoff, following a prolific two-decade career in animation working on such Disney films as The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), and Aladdin (1992). He has co-directed the features Open Season (2006) and Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (2014). (Source: Toronto International Film Festival)


Gaëtan Brizzi and Paul Brizzi - born on Christmas Eve in 1951 in Paris, France - are twin French artists, painters, illustrators, animators, and film directors. They co-directed the animated short film Fracture (1977), the animated feature Astérix and Caesar (1985), and directed a segment of Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (2014).

Joan Gratz

Joan Gratz directed the animated short films Candyjam (1988), the Academy Award-winning Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase (1992), Kubla Khan (2010), Lost and Found (12) and a segment of Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (2014).

Mohammed Saeed Harib

Mohammed Saeed Harib was born in 1978, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He directed the animated television show Freej (2006) and a segment of Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (2014).

Tomm Moore

Tomm Moore was born in 1977 in Newry, Northern Ireland, and studied animation at Ballyfermot College in Dublin. He co-founded the animation studio Cartoon Saloon and has written, produced, animated and directed short films and commercials. He co-directed the animated features The Secret of Kells (2009, SJIFF 2010 Opening Night Film). His latest Festival features are Kahlil Gibran's the Prophet (2014), which he co-directed a segment, and Song of the Sea (2014).

Nina Paley

Nina Paley, born in 1968 in Illinois, has directed several animated short films, the feature Sita Sings the Blues (2008, SJIFF 2009), and a segment of Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (2014).

Bill Plympton

Bill Plympton - widely regarded as the "King of Indie Animation" - has directed several films, including the animated features The Tune (1992) and Idiots and Angels (2008, SJIFF 2009), and a segment of Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (14). He was born in 1946. He is best known for his 1987 Academy Award-nominated animated short Your Face. Bill Plympton was honored with an El Dorado Award at the 2009 San Joaquin International Film Festival.

Joann Sfar

Joann Sfar is a French comics artist, comic book creator, novelist, and film director. He was born in Nice, France in 1971. He directed the feature film Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2010), the animated feature The Rabbi's Cat (2011), and a segment of Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (2014).


Michal Socha was born in 1981 in Warsaw, Poland. He directed the animated short films Stone (2006), Icarus (2007), Concert (2007) and Chick (2009), and a segment of Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (2014).





Centerpiece Film
Sun., August 2, 2015 at 3:15 PM
Northern California Premiere

Janet Leigh Theatre, Stockton


Narrative Animated Feature Film

Director: Roger Allers
Script: Roger Allers
Producers: Salma Hayek-Pinault, Clark Peterson, José Tamez, Ron Senkowski
Editor: Jennifer Dolce
Gabriel Yared


Film Sources

Official Website

U.S. Distributor: GKIDS Films


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