1st trailer of The Prophet animated feature film written and directed by Roger Allers (The Lion King) and based on classic book by Kahlil Gibran.

With animated chapters from award-winning animation directors :

- Tomm Moore (Song of the Sea)
- Bill Plympton
- Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues)
- Joan C. Gratz
- Mohammed Saeed Harib
- Joann Sfar (The Rabbi’s Cat)
- Michal Socha
- Gaëtan Brizzi & Paul Brizzi (Fantasia 2000)


Watch below the gorgeous new trailer for Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, voiced by Quvenzhané Wallis, Liam Neeson and Salma Hayek, alongsideJohn Krasinski, Frank Langella and Alfred Molina.

Written and directed by Roger Allers, the film—which premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival—intersperses Gibran’s poetry within stunning animated sequences by filmmakers Tomm Moore, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar, Michal Socha, Gaëtan Brizzi, Paul Brizzi, Joan C. Gratz and Mohammed Saeed Harib, and features music by Damien Rice, Glen Hansard and Yo-Yo Ma.

Set in a Mediterranean sea-side village, Kamila (Hayek) cleans house for exiled artist and poet Mustafa (Neeson), but the more difficult job is keeping her free-spirited young daughter, Almitra (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.

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Door #21: Kosher Monsters

Since tonight’s both the second night of Hanukkah and the eve of Cephalopodmas, it seemed the perfect time to link to Nina Paley’s animations of the three monsters of Jewish mythology, which she’s working on for her upcoming film Seder Masochism.

Ziz the air monster appears above, Leviathan, the water monster, below. You can also click here to see a video of her extra-stompy land monster, Behemoth.

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Paley, a comic artist and intellectual copyright activist, is best known as the creator of Sita Sings the Blues, an animated feature-length retelling of the Ramayana that she distributes under a Creative Commons license. 


Nina Paley is a brilliant filmmaker who, if you ever saw it, came to my friends’ and my attention with a great short film called “Sita Sings the Blues,” a modern re-telling of an excerpt from the Hindu romance of Rama and Sita. 

This short is something else again, a rapid-but-thorough depiction of the history of the chunk of land between Jordan and the Mediterranean.  The song is the theme song to the Sixties movie “Exodus,” about the creation of the state of Israel.

Enjoy! (If it doesn’t hurt too much.)


It’s got her trademark charm and slick animation; irreverent humor and cool character design—if you didn’t realize it after watching Sita Sings the Blues, then this sneak peek might enlighten you: Nina Paley’s Seder-Masochism is going to be really, really great.

After you watch, go relax on our Facebook with us, you’ve been working too hard.

Posted by The Chromatic Watch.


History of Israel/Palestine, Animation Edition

Nina Paley, copyleft advocate and creator of the ever lovely Sita Sings the Blues, takes on the history of Israel/Palestine in this animated short.

Starting with with the first human settlers of the region to the Egyptians, Assyrians and Romans who each controlled it throughout the millennia, she navigates her way down to current day Israelis and Palestinians while focusing on a a fairly simple theme: it’s a perpetual and ongoing battleground.

Confused who’s who? View Nina’s Viewer Guide to her cast of characters.

Run Time: ~3:30


This Land is Mine - Nina Paley


Nina Paley, who has previously showed us how all creativity builds on what came before, is back with an animated “who’s-killing-who viewer’s guide” in the history of the “land called Israel/Palestine/Canaan/the Levant”.


Selected comics from No Safe Harbor: Essays about Pirate Politics with works by Lawrence Lessig, danah boyd, Cory Doctorow and the Electronic Frontier Foundation among others.

Via No Safe Harbor:

No Safe Harbor, released January 24th 2012, is a collection of political essays, texts, and discussions that help explain and educate about Pirate Party positions…

…Topics covered include notes on the 4th Amendment, the history of copyright, biopatents, and corporate personhood.

The book is released under a Creative Commons license (CC-BY-NC-SA) and sharing of it is strongly encouraged. To further that, the book is available in a number of DRM-free formats, free of charge. In addition a paperback edition can be purchased through for $9.99

Images: Mimi and Eunice by Nina PaleySelect any to embiggen.