“But you, children of space, you restless in rest, you shall not be trapped nor tamed . . . For that which is boundless in you abides in the mansion of the sky, whose door is the morning mist, and whose windows are the songs and the silences of night.” – “On Houses,” The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran
In 1912, Lebanese-American poet Kahlil Gibran received his first inspiration for what would become his most beloved book: The Prophet. Composed of 26 prose poems on themes such as Love, Work, Crime & Punishment, and Self-Knowledge, the book was immediately adored for its depth, beauty, and nourishing spirituality, and since then, has remained a valued text for people of all faiths and traditions.
For our project, we are working with visual artists, composers, and actor-narrators to create “video-poems” out of selected chapters from The Prophet. Released at intervals through out 2021, these videos will range from meditative, to playful, to rebellious, to fortifying. In response and communion with Gibran’s beautiful words, we will strive to express how these images and ideas speak to the hope and tumult of this moment, and this place – America.
Our first chapter, “On Children,” will be released May 5th, 2021. It features the following artists:
Visual Artist: Gisele Moura, Musician: Kristine Kirby, Actress: Madhuri Gulati, Co-director: Poornima Kirby, Co-director and film-editor: Calin Costian.