Synopsis:

“My Mom always says that my military service is to blame for everything that has happened to her little girl.” Seven years after completing an IDF course for female combat soldiers, the director returns to the place where, for the first time, she fell in love with a woman – her commanding officer. Over the course of 66 days and nights, the film follows the girls in one of the IDF’s most rigorous combat courses and looks at the relationships that develop between girls in an environment subject to strict military code. The film reveals the mechanism that enables the transformation of 18-year-old girls from daddy’s little girls into fierce disciplined soldiers. Through the intimate relationship that develops between the director and one of the characters, questions about identity, sexuality and the discovery of femininity surface. 

Technical:

63 min (52 min. version also available), Israel 2008, Hebrew 

Director: Hen Lasker

Cinematographer: Lior Kipod, Hen Lasker

Editor: Sari Ezouz

Producers: Edna Kowarsky, Elinor Kowarsky 

  • In Competition , The Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel, July 2007
  • In Competition , The International Women’s Film Festival, Israel, September 2007
  • Official Selection, Rosh Pina Tv Festival, Israel, October 2007
  • Official Selection, International Women’s Film Festival Dortmund, Germany, April 2008
  • In Competition NewFest – The 20th Anniversary New York LGBT Film Festival, USA, June 2008
  • In Competition OutFest – 26th Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, USA, July 2008.
  • In Competition ,Brooklyn International FF, USA, June 2008
  • In Competition ,Reel Affirmations and One in Ten, Washington, USA, October 2008
  • In Competition , Monterrey International Film Festival – SOCIAL VISION SHOWCASE, Mexico, August 2008
  • Official Selection, Sardinia International Ethnographic Film Festival Italy, September 2008
  • In Competition , The 27th Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival, USA, November 2008
  • Official Selection, Moviemento & City-Kino Film Festival, Austria, August 2008
  • In Competition , MiradasDoc (DOCOSUR), Spain, October 2008
  • In Competition , Hamburg International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival,Germany, October 2008
  • In Competition , Festival Mix Brasil, Brasil, November 2008
  • DOCTAPE AWARD – SPECIAL JURY MENTION RIDM – Les Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal, Canada, November 2008
  • In Competition 32nd São Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil, October 2008
  • In Competition , Les Ecrans Documentaires, France, October 2008
  • Official Selection, Kulturkreis DAS ZENTRUM Radstadt, Austria, November 2008
  • In Competition , EntreVues, Belfort International Film Festival, France, November 2008
  • Official Selection, RKF Film Festival; Rome-Milan-Trieste ,Italy, November 2008
  • Official Selection, WorldFilm-Tartu Festival of Visual Culture, Estonia, March 2009
  • Official Selection, R3rd Singapore Indie Doc Fest, Singapore, March 2009
  • Official Selection, Verzaubert FilmFest – Berlin, Germany, March 2009
  • In Competition , Sofia International Film Festival, Bulgaria, March 2009
  • In Competition , International Gay-Lesbian Festival for Audio-Visual Art of Andalusia, Spain, March 2009
  • Official Selection, NY Jewish LGBTQ Film Festival, USA, June 2009
  • In Competition New Zealand’s Out Takes Film Festival, New Zealand, May-June, 2009
  • In Competition , Inside Out Toronto Lesbian & Gay Film and Video Festival, Canada, May 2009
  • In Competition Frameline33, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, USA, June 2009
  • Official Selection, Asian Queer Film Festival-AQFF, Japan, September 2009
  • Official Selection, Michigan Women’s Music Festival, USA, August 2009
  • Official Selection,The 4th Tel Aviv International LGBT FF, Israel, June 2009
  • Official Selection, New Directions in Documentary Film Festival & Symposium, USA, October 2009
  • Official Selection,the Paris LGBT Film Festival “Cheries-Cheris”, France, October 2009
  • In Competition , BLACK MOVIE, GENEVA-FILM FESTIVAL, Switzerland, February 2010
  • Official Selection,Gay & Lesbian FF Pink Apple – Zurich, Switzerland, April 2010
  • Reshet, Channel 2, Israel
  • Humanistische Omroep, The Netherlands
  • ITVS, USA
  • YLE, Finland
  • SBS, Australia
  • RTSI-TELEVISIONE SVIZZERA di lingua italiana, Switzerland

“This rare look at femininity in uniform explores the fine line between admiration and infatuation, between power and desire, focusing on the moment when admiration transforms into homo-erotic love.” (Asafa Peled)

“A marvelous documentary… Heavy artillery of irony and tenderness.” (Mariana Benenson)

“An intimate film, fascinating in its honesty, which raises difficult questions about the role of women within the patriarchal-hierarchical army system … This sensitive documentary portrays the daily routines of this group of lost girls playing their part in the “game of war”…A penetrating and disturbing film.” (Rom Levkovich)

Hen Lasker: Born 1980 in Israel, graduated in 2005 from The Film and Television School at Sapir Academic Collage. Hen directed a number of short films, both narrative and documentaries as part of her studies. Seeds of Summer is her debut film.