Salma Hayek Closes Women of the World Festival, Presents ‘The Prophet’

LONDON — Actress-producer Salma Hayek capped off the Women of the World Festival at London’s Southbank Center on Sunday, delivering an empowering message to women from all walks of life, after presenting animated pic “The Prophet,” which she produced.

Hayek spoke of how the world “has been created by systems designed for men,” and constantly reiterated that women need to fight to break down barriers in their lives.

“The Prophet” is an animated movie inspired by Kahlil Gibran’s poetry essays, in which each poem is presented by a different form of animation.

Hayek said of the film: “It’s a unique film experience, a childish story that takes you on a journey — a journey inside yourself.”

She admitted that the concept of the film had made it very difficult to sell, although she is no stranger to making films out of the ordinary. “I only do impossible films,” she said, having previously produced and starred in “Frida,” as well as executive producing on “Ugly Betty.” Her mantra is “potential is limitless and nothing can stop me.”

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