Maidentrip

(USA, 2013, 81 mins, Blu-ray Disc)
In Dutch, English with English subtitles
FEATURING Laura Dekker
Classification: Classified: PG, Youth under 18 may attend all screenings

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When 14-year-old Laura Dekker announced her intention to become the youngest woman ever to sail around the world single-handedly there was an uproar. The child welfare authorities in her native Holland even applied to block her trip on legal grounds. But their case was rejected, and Laura set off soon afterwards on her beloved boat Guppy, with no safety boat or backup, but a video camera to record her odyssey.

This film is the result of that impulse - a first-person mariner’s eye-view of a vast blue world most of us have only seen glimpses of. Unlike most record-seekers, Laura is determined to stop off and get a taste of the places she visits: St Maarten, the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia. Along the way we begin to learn not just what motivated her to undertake this two-year voyage , but also what made her uniquely equipped for the challenge. And she grows up before our eyes.