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The works of Shakespeare, apparently the most-read poet, have inspired piles of movies.In 2011, U.K. filmmaker Gary Tarn released an art house adaptation of Gibran's long prose poem "The Prophet"."Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet," the 2014 animated feature by Roger Allers (of "The Lion King" fame), represents a concerted effort to bring Gibran's work to an even wider audience. Like Tarn's adaptation, Allers' film doesn't attempt to be utterly faithful to Gibran's text, but samples and excerpts eight chapters from the work. "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet" had its regional premiere Saturday evening as the closing film of DFI's Ajyal Youth Film Festival.Hayek Pinault said it was exceptionally difficult to secure production support for a film adaption of a work of philosophy by a Lebanese poet.Her production company joined this adaptation of "The Prophet" in early 2011, some years into the project. It had been initiated by financier Steve Hanson, who after years of negotiation wrested rights for the source text from Bishirri's Gibran National Committee. When she joined the project, she recalled, Hanson had imagined animating 13 chapters of "The Prophet".
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