Screening Room

Mip TV Picks 2008: Seeds of Summer

At 18, Israeli girls undergo an experience that colors them for the rest of their life.
March 31, 2008

At 18, Israeli girls undergo an experience that colors them for the rest of their life. Plucked from the relative shelter of their family life, they are required to enter the Israel Defense Forces and undergo military training, a process which turns them from young girls into soldiers.

But as the IDF creates combat soldiers out of young girls, more personal transformations are also undertaken. And for some, like director Hen Lasker, that transformation is life altering. The IDF was the place she fell in love for the first time – with her female commanding officer.

Seeds of Summer follows girls for 66 days and nights as they take part in the course, and examines the intimate relationships that form there, raising questions about ‘identity, sexuality and the discovery of femininity,’ says the director. Partners: Eden Productions, with ITVS International (US), SBS (Australia), YLE (Finland), Humanist TV (Netherlands), The New Israeli Foundation for Cinema & TV, Reshet (Israel). Seeds is being distributed by Cinephil (Tel Aviv)
Wrapped: February
Length: 52/63 minutes (Hebrew with English subtitles)
Rights available: All, excluding TV rights in Australia, Finland, the Netherlands and the US

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.