[dropcap size=small]W[/dropcap]e don’t have a review of Maidentrip (because we haven’t seen it yet), but I’ve been wanting to learn more about this adventurous girl, Laura Dekker, who controversially set out to sail around the world–alone–at just fourteen years old.
Her voyage takes two years, and she documents the trip (including stops in the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia, Australia, and South Africa) by herself with a hand-held camera.
Think this sounds a little ambitious for a 14-year-old? So did the Dutch authorities. Before she set sail and during her trip, she and her parents fielded objections from the Child Welfare Office and legal battles concerning parentally-supported behavior that the government deemed “risky.” Also, it turns out that captaining a vessel while you’re under the age of 16 is illegal in Dutch waters.
She returns to the Netherlands as the youngest person to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe amidst a global outcry. That’s when filmmakers Jillian Schlesinger, Emily McAllister, and Penelope Falk begin documenting a different sort of adventure: Laura’s navigation through the unwanted media attention. The final result is a film that showcases Laura’s own audio and video recordings of her incredible voyage and interweaves footage of the media storm‘s effects on Laura when she returns.
From what I can tell, Laura is defiant, fearless, thoughtful, and a little nostalgic for a time she never even knew. The footage of the sea is emotive, the scenes in new ports beautiful and comic. I think I’ll be seeing it.