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Muhi – Generally, Temporary

  • Israel, Germany
  • Documentary
  • 2017
  • 86 min.
  • Director(s): Rina Castelnuovo, Tamir Elterman
  • Producer(s): Hilla Medalia -Medalia Productions


Muhi, a spirited boy from Gaza has been living in an Israeli hospital for seven years. Caught between two homes and two peoples, he is unable to return to Gaza. He is raised in paradoxical circumstances that transcend identity, religion and the conflict that divides his world. His time at the hospital is running out and Muhi now faces the most critical choices of his life.

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Rina Castelnuovo, Tamir Elterman


Hilla Medalia -Medalia Productions


Jürgen Kleinig - Neue Celluloid Fabrik

Executive Producer(s)

Jill Samuels, Ed and John Priddy, Tina Leeb, Danna Stern


Avner Shahaf, Tamir Elterman, Oded Kirma, Rina Castelnuovo-Hollander


Joëlle Alexis

Original Music

Ran Bagno

Original Language



English, Spanish, Mandarin (Chinese), Russian


yes Docu

Sound designer:

Kai Tebbel

Produced in association with:

yes Docu, EO RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera, Mitteldeutsche Medienfoerderung (MDM)

Produced with the support of:

The Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts - Cinema Project, with the participation of the Leon Recanati Foundation, Supported by the Cultural Administration, Israel Ministry of Culture and Sport, The Israel Film Council, Mifal Hapais- Israel Lottery Council For Culture & Arts, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Hartley Film Foundation, FFA Filmfoerderanstalt, Bertha Foundation, VGTV Norway

Festival Highlights

  • Winner

    Best Documentary of 2017
    Israeli TV Channel 10
  • Winner

    Golden Kapok Award for Best Documentary Director
    Guangzhou Documentary Film Festival
  • Winner

    Golden Kapok Award for Best Documentary Feature
    Guangzhou Documentary Film Festival
  • Winner

    Audience Choice Award
    UK Jewish Film Festival
  • Winner

    GOLDEN DOVE AWARD for Best Long Documentary
    DOK Leipzig
  • Winner

    Mayor of Tel Aviv-Jaffa Award for Best Debut Film
    Docaviv International Film Festival
  • Winner

    AMNESTY International Award Special Mention
    Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival
  • Winner

    SILVER NANOOK for Discovery of New Subjects and New Heroes
    Flahertiana International Documentary Film Festival

DOKUart, Croatia, 2019

Festival international Signes de Nuit, Myanmar, 2019

Sedona International Film Festival, USA, 2019

Terni Film Festival, Italy, 2018

Minsk International Film Festival, Belarus, 2018

Faroe Island International Minority Film Festival, Faroe Island, 2018

Mediterranean Film Festival, Bosnia, 2018

Lima Film Festival, Peru, 2018

Fondazione Meeting Per l'amicizia Fra I Popoli, Italy, 2018

Human Rights Film Festival Jersey, UK, 2018

Brussels Mediterranean International Film Festival, Belgium, 2018

Breaking Down Barriers Film Festival, Russia, 2018

Flahertiana International Documentary Film Festival, Russia, 2018

Arab Film Days, Norway, 2018

Istanbul Film Festival, Turkey, 2018

London Human Rights Watch Film Festival, UK, 2018

Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Greece, 2018

Dhaka International Film Festival, Bangladesh, 2018

Hot Docs International Film Festival, Canada, 2017

DocAviv International Film Festival, Israel, 2017

AFI Docs, USA, 2017

IDFA , Netherlands, Best of Fest, 2017

Guangzhou Doc International Film Festival, China, 2017

San Francisco International Film Festival, USA, 2017

DOK Leipzig, Germany, 2017

Vancouver Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2017

Sochi International Film Festival, Russia, 2017

WATCH DOCS, Poland, 2017

Sichuan TV Festival, China, 2017

Hamptons International Film Festival, USA, 2017

New York Human Rights Film Festival, USA, 2017

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  • "Muni’s story is a keen illustration of an experiential disconnect that afflicts one unwitting victim of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."
    - Eric Kohn, IndieWire