Dialog Box

The Reluctant Visionary
As a struggling bilingual artist in the turn of the 20th century New York City, Lebanese American Poet and Artist, Kahlil Gibran pens what has now become the third most read book in modern history, The Prophet.  The more that has been written about Gibran the more elusive the man himself has tended to become as critics, friends, and biographers have built up a variety of unconnected pictures.

To answer the question "who was Kahlil Gibran and why is he still relevant? Our film through the tireless efforts of Gibran research-historian, Glen Kalem asks some of our most significant minds and global figures, who at stages in their own life used Gibran's poetry and mentorship to achieve their own life's purpose. 

If the poet as he wrote is " a link between this and the coming world" ... a pure spring from which all thirsty souls may drink" our quest in tracing his readership, we hope to find hints of Gibran's poetic vision of a united universal-world at work, as either a myth or as a "coming of the ages" prediction.  


How does the project meet the aims of a philanthropic foundation?

"You give but little when you give of your possessions.

It is when you give of yourself that you truly give." Kahlil Gibran

Gibran remains one of those rare poets who has transcended the most intractable of divides, emphasising the importance of reconciling reason with passion; of balancing the physical with the spiritual; and of finding practical and moral solutions to the major global challenges that humanity faces today.

The Prophet can be considered one of the first self help book of the west rendering many readers with one message. “ You are far, far greater than you know, and all is well”. A message that Gibran blended with the underlying message of hope and unity and oneness. Since 1923, his “Prophet” has instilled a greater awareness of oneness in all beings and propagated the human collective consciousness to look within.

Its success and readership has been nothing short of a literary phenomena and along with this success one can build a case that humanity is much better served with poets like him who said "You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give" which goes to the heart of why philanthropy is such a rewarding act of faith and kindness.

Aims & Objectives

What outcomes do you hope to achieve by making this film and how will you measure its impact?

The films core message is the importance of mentor-ship and in this particular case finding it through Poetry. Great poetry has the ability to inspire lives, nations and dreams. A life inspired can foster much needed life tools towards great individual acts and deeds.

By highlighting Gibran’s prose and poetry we aim to represent in fact, an anguished cry to humanity to rediscover its lost harmony with nature; to evolve a universal code of human rights; to promote the emancipation of women; to build bridges of understanding between cultures and religions; to lessen the gap between the rich and the poor; and to curb all forms of exclusivity — whether ethnic, nationalistic, or religious — in recognition of one common humanity and a shared spiritual heritage.

If kept to the fore, through research and study, these and other values enunciated in Gibran’s work will continue to inspire many, touch their lives in countless ways and give them comfort, hope and joy in the prospect they afford of a genuine Culture of Peace.


What is your education and outreach strategy?

Besides being the the Director/Producer Mr Glen Kalem is an accomplished international Kahlil Gibran Researcher and Historian and a contributing fellow of the Kahlil Gibran Chair for Values and Peace at the department of anthropology Maryland University Washington DC.

Mr. Kalem along with the help of colleagues and world leading scholars of Gibran's work, has set up The Kahlil Gibran Foundation (www.kahlilgibran.com) a site that serves as a unique and important studies resource for advancing Gibran's scholarship. 

Our desire is to take the film on a global screening tour using visual and verbal tools to engage our audiences about Gibran's legacy but more importantly emphasizing the need for mentor-ship programs through expressions such as poetry.

Our youth focused tours will tap into first and secondary schools as well as inviting local government and NGO's representatives to such gatherings. Using various tools (see list below) our aim is to implement mentor-ship initiatives by getting community figures to offer 'one on one' access to qualified community mentors who can offer life coach help as well as work experience in desired fields of interest.


1. The publication of a  "Mentor-ship through Poetry" Book using selected Gibran quotes complimented by a..

2. "Mentor" App

3. Screen the film via international festivals and independent community gatherings with Q&A sessions.

4. Offer free self-organised screenings of the film to communities with live streaming Q&A with director

5. DVD/Downloadable film

6. Live Mentor-Ship programs within education and community (in development)

Glen Kalem
Glen Kalem
Total budget
100 Minutes