Age 11 is a bittersweet time. It is an age where one is not yet jaded and can still maintain an optimism and idealism about the world, while also becoming faintly aware of how scary and unjust it can be. It is truly the last year of unbridled innocence, the last hurrah of being a kid, and that fleeting spirit is captured marvelously in the new film I Am Eleven which is now headed towards limited theatrical release on September 12th.
The documentary explores the lives of several children from around the world who share their hopes and ambitions for their lives. Some of them are quite hilarious, while others are rather touching, and even a little bit sad as you realize the world that these kids are growing up into will strip some of their wide-eyed innocence away within one or two years. Fortunately, their thoughts and feelings have been immortalized here, and hopefully teens that watch it will relive some of the fun and love of life they surely experienced just a few short years ago when they, themselves, were 11.
We highly recommend this movie for families to watch together. The only criticism we have is that there is not enough follow up with the kids afterwards when they were older…just a few are featured, and too soon after the initial interviews to really see big changes in most.
Teens Wanna Know Rating: 7 out of 10
Official film website: http://iameleven.com