Screening and Q&A: Marjoleine Boonstra (Writer/Director) The Miracle Of The Little Prince Moderated by Susannah Greenblatt (Words Without Borders)
Where: Film Forum
209 W. Houston St.
212-727-8110 Price: $9 Member, $15 Regular
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“What is essential is invisible to the eye.” – The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Translated into more than 375 languages (more than any book but the Bible), The Little Prince has been embraced across a vast swath of cultures – including those who speak endangered languages: the Berbers of Morocco, the indigenous Pipil of El Salvador, the Sami of Norway/Finland, and the people of Tibet. Originally published in 1943, the book’s enigmatic story of an angelic child who befriends a stranded pilot in the North African desert, has been debated for years. As understood by people who are themselves outcasts and exiles, it is a tale of friendship, alienation, loneliness, and eternal life. Appropriately, the film opens in the Sahara desert and moves across the globe to gather insights into what this literary masterpiece has meant to those who struggle to preserve a language and culture on the cusp of extinction.
Susannah Greenblatt is a writer, filmmaker, and translator from the Spanish based in Brooklyn. She graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA and high honors in history. Currently, she works as communications and digital marketing coordinator at Words Without Borders, and she is a contributing writer to the magazine’s blog, WWB Daily. Her writing has also appeared in Literary Hub and Ramona: revista de artes visuales, and her translations have been published in Words Without Borders. She recently cowrote and codirected a short film, La Ciega (2018), based on the visions of a blind mystic whose Spanish Inquisition trial she came across while doing research on a White Fellowship for Excellence in History in Madrid. Photo by Elijah Stevens.Buy tickets/get more info now