Video of the Week: Laura Dekker Documentary

Sailing movies and documentaries tend to be largely unimpressive, but Laura Dekker’s own videos from her circumnavigation have been spun into a new documentary that will hopefully break that mold.

Check out this exclusive clip from Jillian Schlesinger’s documentary “Maidentrip,” following Dutch 14-year-old Laura Dekker’s seabound excursion to become the youngest person to sail around the globe solo. The film has its world premiere at SXSW in Austin on March 10.

The voyage announcement was met with a highly publicized custody battle in 2010, but here Schlesinger focuses on a portrait of Dekker as a sailor — alone, unconventional and fiercely independent for her years.

The young captain of the Guppy is an engaging subject, with a mix of ballsy determination and honest vulnerability. While Schlesigner checks in with Laura at her various port stops, all footage at sea is shot exclusively by Dekker.

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