As the desire for pleasure grows in this generation, the hunger for entertainment takes up much of our time and the big buffs of Hollywood never cease to satisfy these urges within us. However I can’t help but wonder the depth to which we consider the affect that these programs have on our minds. Do we really understand how effective these programs are at influencing our inner balance of spirit be it our character, actions or even the very wellbeing of our soul?
Some nights ago I came across a film called ‘The Prophet’, an animation drama based on a 26 poetry essays, written in English by the late Lebanese artist, writer and philosopher Kahlil Gibran.
At first, it may not seem like anything more than children’s entertainment, however it is much more. Roger Allers the director of the iconic film and Disney Trademark The Lion King oversaw this entire project. Likewise with his predecessor films kids were not the only targets for the message brought to the big screen in ‘The Prophet’. The film touches on a deeper message for parents concerning their offspring and how to nurture them before facing the world.
If you’re looking for visual entertainment that fills your spirit with teachings on life’s conditions like love, marriage, giving, indulgence, work, emotions, finding passion and purpose, religion and faith, self-awareness, good and evil, life and death this film won’t leave you disappointed.
The eighty-four mins feature film offers a unique touch in each scene. This film created by Roger Aller and the help of its 10 directors was premiered at The 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival, on May 17th 2014 in Cannes, France and starred Salma Hayek who spearheaded the project, Liam Nesson (as Mustafa), Quvenzhané Wallis (as Almitra), John Kransinki (as Halim) and Alfred Monlina (as Sergeant) just to name a few.
While watching the film, it dawned on me that this film did not garner much attention in comparison to other recent kid films/animation films like Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, Hero 6, and Toy story to name a few. Then I asked myself, have we become that dependant on Hollywood’s review of the films we decide to watch before we considered it worth the money or time? Why should we care what their critic’s deem an award worthy film when it is us the viewers who are left emotionally conflicted after taking in these cinematic pieces, and carrying its messages within us?!
Most surprising factor of all was discovering that with a budget of $12 million, The Prophet made $335,030 in profits, $27,435 of that being from the box office opening in the USA. Adding insult to injury, IMDB rated it 6.8/10 when the film is worth 10/10 (SMH). But then again why should I be surprised when great actors like Leonard DiCaprio is still being denied an Academy award for his flawless acting no matter what role he’s given?
Are we not consumers that can also be held accountable for what we choose to eat and absorb? One would ask, how can we make that choice or how can we control what they serve us? But I am here to declare today that we should consciously make these choices and support the entertainment that chooses to create positive investments for our lives. If we don’t buy it, they wont sell it! Start demanding a better quality of entertainment; raise your standard and live consciously.
With that being said, I invite you to take in these late soul-fulfilling mentions that are worth your attention. ‘Song of the Sea’ released in 2014; from the creators of fireproof and courageous ‘War Room’ released on December 2015, and ‘God is not Dead’ released in March of 2014. It has also been reported that a scheduled screening for part two of the film will be release April 1 in the USA.
I don’t know about you but the REIGNCOM team & I can’t not wait for it to arrive in Canada.
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