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Do you remember when you were 11? 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 all around the world. It weaves together deeply personal and at times hilarious portraits of what it means to stand on the cusp between childhood and adolescence, that fleeting moment when childish naiveté has faded, yet teenaged self-consciousness has not yet taken hold. These young minds, still unguarded and remarkably honest, offer a powerful insight into the future of our world.
These children share their thoughts on a range of subjects such as love, war, the environment, music, culture, family, school, bullying, 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.
We made this film ourselves without any film funding, grants, sponsors or wealthy parents contributing. This truly independent production has taken us to 15 countries shooting and editing in 12 languages, exploring the world today through the eyes of those who will inherit it. We are thrilled that I AM ELEVEN has screened in over 40 countries and we cannot wait to share these stories with more audiences across the world.