MUHI – Generally Temporary

Film phase: Production


MUHI – Generally Temporary tells the story of Muhammad (Muhi), a Palestinian child from Gaza and the son of a Hamas activist wanted by Israel. As a newborn, Muhi is transferred to Israel for treatment of a life-threatening condition. Months turn into years and Muhi, now six, has lived his whole life in the Israeli hospital, confined for security reasons to its premises with his grandfather. The film explores Muhi’s contradictory world in which he is treated, raised, and saved by his people’s enemy, while his parents remain in Gaza.

MUHI – Generally Temporary is an inside look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict’s inescapable presence in everyday life and how it shapes those like Muhi who are unwillingly drawn into it.


MUHI – Generally Temporary is co-directed by Rina Castelnuovo and Tamir Elterman.

Rina Castelnuovo is an award-winning Israeli photographer and has been a contract photographer for The New York Times Jerusalem for 23 years. Rina studied arts at the Academia de Belle Arti in Rome. She has been photographing war, peace, and crisis in Israel and the Palestinian Authority for over three decades, including the first and second Intifadas, the Lebanon and Gaza wars, and the assassination of Prime Minister Rabin among others. Her work has been featured in many publications and worldwide exhibitions.

Tamir Elterman is an American documentarian and video journalist. He is a video contributor to The New York Times Jerusalem, where he covers conflict, religion, & culture. In 2014, he directed a documentary about East African asylum seekers for Al Jazeera America. In 2012, he directed a documentary about monopolies and wealth distribution for Univision. He is a graduate of Columbia Graduate School of Journalism with a Masters of Science in broadcast journalism.