February 14, 2014 in Features, Seven

Doc tracks teen’s boat trip around globe

Robert Levin McClatchy-Tribune



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directed by: Jillian Schlesinger

Running time/rating:

1:22, unrated

one night only: 7 p.m. Thursday, Magic Lantern

Laura Dekker is one tough young woman. How tough? She circumnavigated the globe solo on a sailboat between ages 14 and 16. The documentary “Maidentrip” consists of footage Dekker shot on her journey from 2010 to 2012.

The movie is rife with the wonder and excitement of the journey. Its message, that the world is meant to be seen and experienced in person and not through electronic screens, is a valuable one. But “Maidentrip” is shapeless, reducing a nearly two-year journey to a svelte 80 minutes that play more like a mundane travelogue than a testament to an incredible feat.

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