Literature / Poetry / Theatre and Film

Khalil Gibran – ‘Rest Upon the Wind’

Writer Nadim Sawalha and director Tanushka Marah bring out a little known side of everlasting Lebanese poet and writer Kahlil Gibran. Settling in USA he was the first Arab in exile to write back to his fellow Lebanese and warn them of the actions of their oppressors in the Ottoman Empire. Considered a rebel by his fellow Arab writers, his work was in a Romantic style that was at the helm of a new movement in Arab literature.

So far little celebrated, his most famous work is The Prophet, and he is yet the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu. Yet singers such as John Lennon have quoted him, and quotes from The Prophet grace the walls of hospitals and libraries all over the UK.

The play deals with the story of the difficult birth of the book The Prophet and Gibran’s later path as a truth seeker in tumultuous times.

Rest Upon the Wind uses scenes of painting, music and even comedy to tell Gibran’s story, one of late 19th century Middle Eastern immigrants forced through famine, oppression and sectarian wars, fleeing their countries to seek refuge in America only to find alienation. See it until June 17th at Riverside Studios.

“A little while, a moment of rest upon the wind, and another woman shall bear me” Kahlil Gibran