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What to know: Beautiful short based on the classic story, The Little Prince, incorporating a young girl with Downs Syndrome in retelling it with her beautiful paintings .
MY LITTLE PRINCE is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 10-18
30 minutes
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Oh my, what an interesting and compelling short film. Based on the classic story The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exup�ry, this incorporates a young girl with Downs Syndrome in retelling it and with images of her beautiful paintings based on the story. I have always loved this story and, as I get older its messages changes and expands all the time. Kudos to director Arif Maharramov's rendition of this story. He is truly masterful in creating something that is joyful and insightful and filled with imagination. From Azerbaijan, the dialogue is in Azerbaijan with English sub-titles. The animation is truly first rate, filled with minute details that make you forget you are watching an animated piece at times. The interspersing of live action with the girl is done deliberately and carefully. The background music is quite suitable for the film. There is one scene on one of the planets the Prince visits with drinking of alcohol, but it is not offensive, simply something to be aware of. I heartily give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18, as well as adults. This would play well at a children's or family film festival. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
This film is about a lonely boy who went on the journey to find a friend. Main character, the Little Prince, exploring society of adult people through a perspective of a kid. His journey is an internal perpetual question - "should we grow up?" Asked to himself after each acquaintanceship with members of adult society . He finds a friend not among people, but among animals who behave more humanistic than some people do. A famous French author - Antoine de Saint-Exup�ry, wrote this story but also it was visualized and inspired by an Azerbaijani artist struggling from Down syndrome - Maryam Alikberli. Her oil paintings are present in film, moreover, her child-like nature and world perception has something mysteriously common with the Little prince himself.
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