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GKIDS Releasing 'Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet' in North America this Summer

God bless GKIDS- the American distribution company is fast becoming the US-based animation fan's best friend. They've built up an impressive collection of some of the finest international animated features, including titles from Studio Ghibli and Cartoon Saloon. And the catalogue keeps on growing, with Studio Ghibli's When Marnie Was There waiting in the wings. They've now announced their latest acquisitions is the eagerly awaited Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet, due for release in summer 2015.

The Prophet is based on the well-regarded 1923 book by Lebanese writer Kahlil Gibran.  Written and directed by Roger Allers (The Lion King), the film features individual sections based upon Gibran's original poems. Each of the sections is directed by an impressive line-up of directors from across the globe. These include Song Of the Sea's Tomm Moore, Cheatin's Bill Plympton and Sita Sings The Blues director Nina Paley alongside some lesser know names and up-and-comers.

The film also boasts an impressive voice cast including Liam Neeson, Alfred Molina and Quvenzhane Wallis.  The film is due to be released theatrically this summer, but will receive its US première at the New York International Children's Film Festival next month.