The Miracle of the Little Prince / Het Wonder van Le Petit Prince (89')
Director: Marjoleine Boonstra
Language(s): French, Saami, Tibetan, Nahuatl
Country: The Netherlands
Script: Lies Janssen, Marjoleine Boonstra, Pieter van Huijstee
Cinematography: Marjoleine Boonstra, Stef van Wijk
Sound: Kees de Groot
Editing: Menno Boerema
Sound Design: Marc Lizier
Music: Harry de Wit, Svein Schultz, Mari Boine
Production company: Films Transit
Synopsis: A documentary about the passionate translators of the book The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry, who fight for the preservation of their endangered languages. The Little Prince is the most translated book in the world; in more than 375 languages. Why do people from very diverse cultures choose precisely this book to keep their threatened languages and cultures alive? From Sami in the highlands of Samiland to Tamazight spoken on the desert planes of the Sahara. From Tibetan taught in exile in Paris to Nawat still spoken by a last generation in El Salvador. Every translator has a dramatical story and motivation to translate this book.
Director’s bio: Marjoleine Boonstra is a Dutch film director and photographer with over 25 years of experience. She studied at the Amsterdam Arts University and at the Dutch Film Academy. In 2015 she made her first feature film Kurai Kurai: Tales on the Wind. Her documentaries always circle around the theme: What keeps mankind alive.