Maidentrip (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.
Directed by Jillian Schlesinger
Produced by Alex Halpern, Emily McAllister, Jillian Schlesinger
Written by Petter Skavlan
Starring Dick Dekker, Kim Dekker, Laura Dekker, Barbara Mueller, Mike Rule