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Invisible Essence: The Little Prince PG
Director: Charles Officer
Genre: Documentary
Year: 2018
Duration: 91 minLanguage: In French and in English with English subtitles

For Sat 26 Oct 5:30pm screening, there will be special a post-show reading & sharing by Singapore poet & literary critic Gwee Li Sui. More details at the bottom.

INVISIBLE ESSENCE presents a fascinating new look into the genius of “The Little Prince”, as well as the life and experiences of French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who first published his book in 1943 in New York, while focusing on seven-year-old blind Pakistani-Canadian boy, Sahil Aziz, as a modern-day little prince, who absorbs the book for the first time – and follows him over the course of a day as he grapples with the meanings of the story he has just read.

The film also retraces the audacious journey of the famous aviator and author, articulating moments around his experiences and his inspiration for writing what would become his most famous literary work. Featuring engaging conversations with an incredible range of individuals such as Mark Osborne (director of the animated film “The Little Prince”), Adam Gopnik (Staff Writer at The New Yorker), Rupi Kaur (Poet, New York Times Bestselling Author), Stacy Schiff (Pulitzer-Prize-winning biographer of St-Exupéry), and Olivier and François d'Agay (the great nephew and nephew of Antoine de Saint- Exupéry).

Although a fable, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s transcendent story suggests an ethical philosophy about life in its own way, a code of respect for humanity. With every new generation that discovers the fable, the Little Prince's inspiring legacy is cemented.

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For SAT 26 OCT 5:30pm screening, there will be special a post-show reading and sharing by Singapore poet and literary critic Gwee Li Sui. Featuring his translated work - a Singlish translation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince! The Leeter Tunku – published in Germany earlier this year. Come hear Gwee read from, and share about, this world’s beloved novella in Singapore’s own beloved language! His book will also be available for sale on the day of the screening (cash sales only!)

Gwee Li Sui wrote Singapore’s first long-form graphic novel in English, Myth of the Stone, in 1993 and has six volumes of poetry to date. Among his recent titles are Death Wish and Spiaking Singlish: A Companion to How Singaporeans Communicate. A familiar name in Singapore’s cultural scene, Gwee has also edited several acclaimed literary anthologies and written and lectured on a range of subjects.

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Don't miss other films specially presented as part of The Projector x Singapore Writers Festival 2019 film series, more info HERE.