Dekker’s plan, first announced when she was 15, mired her and her family in a yearlong battle with Dutch authorities, who believed she was too young to make the trip alone. When Dutch courts finally cleared the way for Dekker to pursue her dream, a storm of media scrutiny followed her.
“Maidentrip,” a documentary directed by Jillian Schlesinger, tells the story of Dekker’s journey as she explores the world, looking for adventure and seeking peace and freedom for herself away from the unwanted attention she and her family had received.
“Maidentrip” will be shown in Moab at Star Hall, 125 E. Center St., on Thursday, June 26 at 7 p.m. The screening is a collaboration between the Utah Film Center and the Grand County Public Library.
Much of Maidentrip is told through film footage and commentary recorded by Dekker herself as she sailed the seas. To qualify for the record, Dekker was not allowed to take along any crew members, so she used a hand-held video camera to document the trip, and her thoughts and feelings.
On her own, in the one place she feels most comfortable, she explores the world looking for adventure and seeking peace.