MUHI – Generally Temporary

Film phase:Completed


Muhi, a cherubic Palestinian toddler with a life-threatening immune disorder, was transported to an Israeli hospital as a baby for emergency treatment. He and his devoted grandfather have lived there ever since, stuck in a bizarre no man’s land, with their extended family living on the other side of a fiercely guarded checkpoint. Their unique and moving story takes place within the crucible of the current relentless Israeli-Palestinian conflict that impacts everyone in its orbit.

MUHI – Generally Temporary participated in the 2016 (Egg)celerator Lab.


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.