DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Muhi – Generally Temporary

Muhi – Generally Temporary

Six-year-old Muhi has an infectious laugh and loves to imitate his grandfather, Abu Naim. The boy, who was born the son of a Hamas activist in Gaza, has spent his whole life in an Israeli hospital. He has a rare autoimmune disease. When he was two his hands and feet had to be amputated. In Gaza he would be condemned to die, because healthcare is in a desolate state there. On the other side of the border he can get treatment, but the price is high.

Muhi leads a paradoxical life. The only person allowed to accompany him to Israel was his grandfather. This hospital has been their “home” for six years now, far from their family. Muhi hardly knows his parents and siblings. His father condemns the state that keeps his son alive and wants the boy back in Gaza – whatever the cost. Though Muhi’s sphere of action is doubly limited, he has settled into his life and his optimism and courage make its obstructions seem absurd. And yet the irresolvability of his personal tragedy shines through the surface of every scene in this sensitive film. The end leaves us wondering how this unusual child will be able to continue to go his own way in the future.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann

Golden Dove German Competition;
Nominated for ver.di Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness, Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize, DEFA Sponsoring Prize

Original Title: Muhi – Generally Temporary
Country: Israel, Germany
Year: 2017
Language: Arabic, Hebrew
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 86 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Rina Castelnuovo-Hollander, Tamir Elterman
Producer: Hilla Medaila (Medalia Productions), Jürgen Kleinig (Neue Celluliod Fabrik)
Cinematographer: Avner Shahaf, Oded Kirma, Rina Castelnuovo-Hollander, Tamir Elterman
Editor: Joëlle Alexis
Sound: Ronen Geva, Maximilian Bloching
Music: Ran Bagno

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2018 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.