I Am Eleven

Theatrical Release: September 12, 2014
I Am Eleven


Limited Theatrical Release – Do you remember when you were 11? Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey traveled 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, this documentary 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 teen-aged 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.

Dove Review

Genevieve Bailey directed, produced and interviewed many 11-year olds around the world in this reflective documentary. As she travels from France to Australia, America to Thailand, and India to England, to name a few countries, she encounters many children in this age group from different cultures. Their feelings and discussions include a variety of topics and issues, for example: religion, bullying, music, war, environments and many more.

This encouraging movie looks at the age groups that have different backgrounds, though some of their views are the same. It is an interesting insightful look into this age group of youngsters that will intrigue the viewer, and also show how some of these children have changed in a few years.

“I Am Eleven” is awarded the Dove “Family-Approved” 12+ Seal.

Content Description

Sex: Discussion regarding having a family and liking the opposite sex.
Language: H-1; OMG-7
Violence: Discussions about bullying, wars and people being shot.
Drugs: None
Nudity: Boys shirtless.
Other: Discussion regarding religious cultures, music, environment, being an orphan, having a single parent; relationships.


Company: International Film Circuit, INC
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 94 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe