Australia, 2011 (MIFF 2011, Australian Showcase)

Director: Genevieve Bailey

A global glimpse into the tumultuous, evolving experience of being 11 years old.

Filmmaker Genevieve Bailey spent four years travelling the world talking to 11-year-olds to compose this gentle, funny and often affecting documentary portrait of cross-cultural childhood. From an orphanage in India to a single-parent household in inner-city Melbourne, I Am Eleven explores the lives and thoughts of children from 15 countries, speaking in 12 languages. Encompassing rich and poor, privileged and outcast, Bailey's film offers a unique insight into both what unites us, and what sets us apart.

Genevieve Bailey is a guest of the Festival.

"[Eleven is] a crucial age - no longer children, not quite adults, preparing to inherit a world changing as quickly and dramatically as they are." - filmmaker Genevieve Bailey

D Genevieve Bailey P Genevieve Bailey, Henrik Nordstrom L English, Swedish, Japanese, Hindi, German, Berber, Thai, Dutch, French, Bulgarian, Malayalam, Mandarin w/English subtitles TD HD Cam/2011

Note that this session has a classification special exemption - people of any age may attend.

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