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Born on a boat and raised in shipyards, Laura Dekker grew up with one dream: to sail around the world alone. At thirteen, her daring plot sparked resistance from Dutch authorities and a global storm of media scrutiny. A year later, she won the right to set sail. Now, far from land, family, and unwanted attention, Laura spends her pivotal teenage years exploring the world alone in search of freedom, adventure, and lost childhood dreams. Jillian Schlesinger’s debut feature amplifies Laura’s brave, defiant voice through a mix of Laura’s own video and voice recordings at sea and intimate vérité footage from locations including the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia, Australia, and South Africa.

As part of the Newport Winter Festival line-up

Presented by Team One Newport & Gill North America

6:00PM Pre-film apps compliments of The Clarke Cooke House & reception w/ Director Jillian Schlesinger

7:00PM Film screening

8:30PM Post-film Q&A

w/ Winter Festival button AND Student ticket price: $10

(Purchase at door only)

This is a family film

Recommended for ages 10+

Occasional swears (like sailors do)

Some subtitles

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Run time: 83 minutes
Director: Jillian Schlesinger
Cast: Laura Dekker
This is a past event

2013 SXSW Film Festival — WINNER of Visions Audience Award 



An immersive first-person chronicle.

The Hollywood Reporter

A celebration of the incredible promise of youth.

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