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USA | 2012 | 75 minutes | Jillian Schlesinger

February 28 - March 20, 2014

As brave and daring as a real-life Katniss Everdeen, 14-year-old Laura Dekker is the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone.

In 2010 Laura set out, camera in hand, on a two-year voyage that happened only after a year-long battle with Dutch authorities that sparked a global storm of media scrutiny. A sailor at heart, Laura relishes a life at sea, where she finds herself far from land, family and unwanted attention, exploring the world in search of freedom, adventure, and distant dreams of her early youth. 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.

"An unconventional portrait of maturing adolescence...Before our eyes, Laura's lengthening limbs and deepening introspection become the point of a movie that begins with a child and ends with a young woman." - Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

"What a relief it is to spend quality movie time with an adolescent girl who isn't pining for a boy or obsessed with social media...Some have compared Maidentrip to a young female version of Robert Redford's All Is Lost. But in Dekker's case, all seems to be found." - Susan Wloszczyna,

  • Director: Jillian Schlesinger
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 75 minutes
  • Language: Dutch, English
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • US Distributor: First Run Features