How Does It Start

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How Does It Start

Directed by Amber Sealey

  • USA 2019; 15 min
  • Original version: English
  • Genre: Drama


It’s 1983 and 12-year-old Rain wants sex, the only problem is she has no idea what that means. With her self-absorbed parents distracted by their recent divorce, Rain is left alone to navigate the complexities of love and adulthood, and learns to do it her own way.

Director's Statement

This film is shedding light on a fairly universal part of women’s lives that has largely been avoided in cinema: the pre-teen curiosity about sex and all the accompanying physical feelings that come with it. This age-appropriate and natural exploration is extremely common and developmentally appropriate, however to date, it has usually been explored through the lens of abuse and by sexualizing young girls in a way that is very adult in nature. What we are doing with this film is allowing a young girl to be the instigator of her own sexual investigations. This film also deals with the topic of documenting one’s life in order to better understand it. Keeping diaries, journals, and mementos is often a more female gendered pursuit, outside of literary circles. Girls are commonly given diaries from a very young age, and they seek clarity and comprehension about their lives through these sources.



    Matt Miller