As the summer continues to heat up so does fashion and this time it is for children. A bevy of celebrity moms and their children joined a full guest-list late last week checking the newest “pop” in Pop Culture, customizable kid’s glasses allowing children to switch the color of their frames as the mood strikes them. Founder Jessica Darcy founded the company after seeing her daughter Ella-Jane, who has a congenital cataract which almost claimed her vision, yearn for glasses where she could express her personality.
That was just the beginning as the true cause celebre was a screening of The Prophet, by celebrated Lebanese-American author Kahlil Gibran, one of the most popular volumes of poetry ever written, selling over 100 million copies in forty languages since its publication in 1923. Gibran’s timeless words have been given new life in a cinematic adventure about freedom and the power of human expression. This animated feature, produced and spearheaded by Salma Hayek, was an official selection at Cannes and made its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Set in a Mediterranean seaside 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), 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, Gabriel Yared, and Yo-Yo Ma.
Immediately after the screening, Salma Hayek took more than a few moments for a very up close and personal discussion with guests where she discussed the new movie. Explaining it was like “being pregnant for four and a half years and finally giving birth.”
For her it was a burden of love as she hopes to inspire children to truly engender change in the world.
“We are all consumers and follow what other people dictate to us,” she said adding, “We are programmed to think either this or that. We need new people to think outside of the box.”
ABOUT SALMA HAYEK PINAULT:
Salma Hayek Pinault is a Mexican and American film actress, director, and producer. She began her career in Mexico starring in the telenovela Teresa and went on to star in the film El Callejón de los Milagros for which she was nominated for an Ariel Award. In 1991 Hayek moved to Hollywood and came to prominence with roles in Hollywood movies such as Desperado, Dogma, and Wild Wild West.
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