The Miracle of the Little Prince

Directed by Marjoleine Boonstra
The Netherlands
89 minutes
All Ages
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The nature of language and culture, in particular the world's disappearing indigenous languages, is explored through Antoine Saint-Exupéry's classic book, The Little Prince, in this captivating documentary.

The much-loved story The Little Prince, by French aviator, poet and writer Antoine Saint-Exupéry, has been translated into over 375 languages. It is one of the best-selling and most-translated books ever published. Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 novella features a lonesome boy from a remote star on a quest for love and friendship who travels from planet to planet before finally arriving on Earth, where he encounters all manner of creatures and characters. 

In 2019, the UN International Year of Indigenous Languages celebrates the immense value of the world’s indigenous languages, many of which are now rapidly disappearing. This inspiring documentary looks at how four communities use translations of The Little Prince to keep their language and culture alive. From the desert sands of Morocco and the Berber language of Tamazight, to the Sami people on the border of Norway and Finland, exiled Tibetan translators, and the ancient Aztec language of the Pipil people of El Salvador, The Miracle of the Little Prince explores the nature of language and the significance of Saint-Exupéry’s words in the today’s world.

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Special Guest

Marjoleine Boonstra


Thu 6 June
State Theatre
Past Event Cancel
Sat 8 June
Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 1
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Program Strand
Screen Day Out, First Films Announced, International Documentaries, Festival Guests
All Ages
The Netherlands
In French, Tamazight, Nawat, Sámi and Tibetan with English subtitles
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Marjoleine Boonstra
Pieter van Huijstee
Marjoleine Boonstra
Menno Boerema NCE
Documentary, Women Directors, Africa, Asia, Family, Literary Adaptations, South East Asia
Company Credits
World Sales: Films Transit
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