Australia, 2011, 98 min, Dir. Genevieve Bailey, Not Rated, Proud Mother Pictures
"Charming and uplifting." —Variety
"Irresistibly entertaining.” —Herald Sun
"Critic's Pick! Why 11? The age was chosen because it is a transition point between childhood and a more grown-up world, and Ms. Bailey captures this beautifully." —The New York Times
Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey traveled the world for six years talking with 11-year-olds to compose this insightful, funny and moving documentary portrait of childhood. From an orphanage in India, to a single-parent household in inner-city Melbourne, to bathing with elephants in Thailand, I Am Eleven explores the lives and thoughts of children from 15 countries. I Am Eleven weaves together deeply personal and at times hilarious portraits of what it means to sit at this transitional age. These young minds provide us with a powerful insight into the future of our world.
These children share their thoughts on a range of subjects such as love, war, global warming, music, terrorism, culture, family, happiness, religion and the future. As straight up and personal as the 7 Up series, and with the comedy and honesty of Spellbound, this documentary enables us to explore an age where these "not quite kids, not quite teenagers" briefly linger, between the frank openness and sometimes naivety of childhood, and the sharp and surprisingly brave wisdom and knowing of adulthood. As much as it is a story about them, it is a story with them, of what it is like to be eleven today.
Recommended for ages 10+
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