Seeds of Summer (Zirei Kayitz)

Israel 2007, Documentary, 64' | Director, Screenplay Hen Lasker | DoP Hen Lasker, Lior Kipod | Editor Sari Ezouz, Ada Etgar | Sound Ronen Nagel | Music Uri Ofir | Producer Estty Sade

"My Mom always says that my military service is to blame for everything that has happened to her little girl.?
Hen Lasker

Seven years after completing an IDF (Israel Defense Forces) combat course, Hen Lasker returns to the place where, for the first time, she fell in love with a woman - her commanding officer.

For 66 days and nights the film follows the girls in one of the most rigorous combat courses and looks at the relationships that develop between girls in an environment subject to strict military code. Seeds of Summer reveals the mechanisms that enable 18-year-old girls to be transformed into fierce soldiers.
While during the day the young women adopt male conventions and martial codes, at night a world of femininity underlies their role playing. Through an intimate relationship that develops between the director and one of the women, questions of identity formation, sexuality and femininity arise. Their relationship triggers other relationships between the soldiers and allows an alternative insight into the experiences that these young women go through within the world of the Israeli army.


HEN LASKER was born in 1980 in Israel. She graduated in 2005 from The Film and Television School at Sapir Academic College. Seeds of Summer is Hen Lasker's first feature-length film.

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