A film by Jillian Schlesinger
82 minutes, color, English & Dutch w/ English subtitles, 2013
14-year-old Laura Dekker sets out - camera in hand - on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. In the wake of a year-long battle with Dutch authorities that sparked a global storm of media scrutiny, Laura now finds herself far from land, family and unwanted attention, exploring the world in search of freedom, adventure, and distant dreams of her early youth at sea.
Jillian Schlesinger's debut feature amplifies Laura's brave, defiant voice through a mix of Laura's own video and voice recordings at sea and intimate vérité footage from locations including the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia, Australia, and South Africa.
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" Potent...Inspiring...Real Beauty." - Time Out New York
" It's easy to imagine this compelling chronicle, and its defiantly strong heroine, inspiring countless teens and parents alike." - New York Daily News
"There is a lovely simplicity to 'Maidentrip.' While this film might initially call to mind 'All Is Lost,' the story here is about one girl's daunting quest and the sheer joy she gets from fulfilling it." - The Village Voice
"It’s impossible to watch ‘Maidentrip’ and not want to immediately start scheming your own audacious adventure." - Outside Magazine
"Jillian Schlesinger’s first feature is both low-key and lyrical as it focuses on the mundane and the magnificent." - The Hollywood Reporter
"In true bildungsroman fashion [Laura] emerges from her voyage an independent, if angsty, young woman, determined to live by her own rules." - Ms. Magazine
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