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. Director Genevieve Bailey stops by Film School for an engaging conversation on her motivation and inspiration for making I Am Eleven, the universal truths of being 11-years old and her ongoing efforts to connect people of all ages to the experience of being an 11-year old.
“An inspiring and candid look at that magical moment between childhood and adolescence and a glimpse into the future.” – TODAY
“Charming and uplifting”– VARIETY
★★★★ “Entrancing documentary. Stunning.” – NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
“… Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey gives a rare insight into a unique stage of humanity as she travels the world documenting the lives of a collection of eleven year olds. For such a young age their knowledge and wisdom combined with their mature ability to convey thoughts and feelings is utterly astounding.” – ALTERNATIVE MEDIA GROUP OF AUSTRALIA