Do you remember when you were 11?
Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey travelled 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. Each of their situations allows a single glimpse into a young mind, and combine to provide a powerful insight into the future of our world. 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.
Genevieve Bailey, Director, Producer
Genevieve was named as one of Australia’s ‘Top Film and TV of directors of 2012′ in the Encore and Mumbrella Annual. Melbourne Magazine also named her one of “Melbourne’s most influential, inspirational, provocative and creative people for 2011.”
Genevieve grew up in Melbourne and her love of capturing moving images began early, from age 8. Since then Genevieve has produced over 40 short films, documentaries and music videos.
Genevieve’s films have screened internationally at festivals and have picked up over 25 awards to date. I AM ELEVEN, her first feature documentary, has won awards in Australia, USA, Spain, Brazil and France. I AM ELEVEN was heralded a ‘Triumph of Self-Distribution’ by The Australian newspaper after a record theatrical release in Australia spanning over 8 months. I AM ELEVEN is currently screening in US theaters, to date reaching over 100 cities in over 40 weeks since its opening. I AM ELEVEN was named New York Times Critic’s Pick on its opening weekend September 2014. Genevieve founded production company ‘Proud Mother Pictures’ and the Melbourne documentary community ‘doco3000.’
For more information about her latest work visit www.proudmotherpictures.com