Do you remember when you were 11? 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.
Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey travelled the world for six years talking with 11-year-olds to compose this insightful, funny and moving 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.
I AM ELEVEN, directed by Genevieve Bailey, is being distributed in the United States by International Film Circuit.
I AM ELEVEN will open in theaters starting this September before expanding throughout the fall including:
New York on September 12
• AMC Empire 25
• Village East Cinema
Los Angeles on September 19
• Laemmle Royal (Los Angeles)
• Laemmle Playhouse 7 (Pasadena)
• AMC Burbank 8
• AMC Orange 30
• AMC Rolling Hills (Torrance)
San Francisco on September 26
• AMC Metreon Additional markets already confirmed include Boston, Chicago, Washington, DC and many more.
The acclaimed film, which played at festivals in the United States and around the world, recently completed its theatrical release in Australia where it played a record-breaking 26 weeks, one of the longest theatrical runs of any documentary in Australian film history. 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.