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By Summer’s End

  • Israel
  • Feature
  • 2010
  • 95 min.
  • Director(s): Noa Aharoni
  • Producer(s): Chaim Sharir


It is the summer of 1978, a month to go until the Camp David peace accords, but Michal is not worried by world affairs. Her 7 year old daughter Maya has yet to learn how to read and write and her teacher wants to hold her back a year. Michal rises to the occasion and vows that by the end of the summer Maya will read, write and move on to the next grade. But this summer is set to be full of surprises for the family. Michal’s father, Haim, who has been missing for twenty years, suddenly returns, and brings with him the family’s dark past and hidden secrets. By summer’s end Michal and her sister Naomi will have to deal with the past they have tried so hard to bury and the painful, yet liberating process will eventually lead them onto a new path.

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Noa Aharoni


Chaim Sharir


Noa Aharoni


Benji Cohen


Rachel Yagil

Original Music

Daniel Salomon

Original Language




Produced with the help of

Israel Film Fund, Channel 10

Sound designer

Erez Eyni Shavit and Gil Toren

Festival Highlights

  • Winner

    Special Jury Mention
    Rehovot Women's International Film Festival
  • Winner

    Israel Film Center in NY Distribution Award
    Haifa International Film Festival

Vancouver Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2014

Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2014

Women Make Waves Film Festival, , 2013

Philadelphia Israeli Film Festival, USA, 2013

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2012

Rehovot International Film Festival, , 2011

Haifa International Film Festival, Israel, 2011


  • "A charming and compelling family drama... An extraordinary performances by the young children and great production values."
    - Women Int' FF Jury
  • "The charming and witty story of suburbia and family life was a real hit among the jury. "
    - The Haifa Int' FF Jury