Salma Hayek makes an emotional trip to Lebanon to launch her new film – 'The Prophet'
"For me this is a love letter to my heritage."
Salma Hayek is proud of her Mexican heritage, but recently the actress has been getting in touch with her family links to the Middle East through her new animated film project The Prophet. During a visit to Beirut where she is launching the film she expressed how the movie helped her to reconnect with her Lebanese heritage, through her late grandfather who hailed from Lebanon, and who adored the original 1923 book on which the film is based.
"Through this book I got to know my grandfather, through this book I got to have my grandfather teaching me about life," she said "For me this is a love letter to my heritage."
The story, originally penned by Kahlil Gibran, follows Almitra (voiced by Hayek), a headstrong girl who forms a friendship with imprisoned poet Mustafa (voiced by Liam Neeson.)
"Between all the connections of our ancestors and the memories of the ones that are no longer with us, I hope they are proud of this film because I did it also for them," she said.
During her visit to Lebanon Hayek visited her grandfather's village Baabdat, in what she called as "an emotional journey." She also visited the author, Gibran's birthplace, Bcharre village, to pay homage to the writer that her grandfather loved so much and that she has come to adore also.