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Directed by Maya Zinshstein

Israel, United Kingdom, Russia, Norway 2016 87 mins. In Hebrew, Russian, Chechen

Beitar Jerusalem, an intensely nationalist soccer team in the Israeli Premier League, inspires as much extreme fandom as it does controversy. When the team owner, a provocative Russian arms trafficker, signed two Chechen Muslim players, it pushed many Beitar fans over the edge and pitted longtime players against each other. More a portrait of the divisions in Israeli society than a soccer film, Forever Pure provides an eye-opening account of the intersection between politics, racism, and sports and the underlying attitudes that shape the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Best Documentary, Jerusalem Film Festival. In Chechen, Hebrew, and Russian with English subtitles.

Reviews: Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Cinema Scope

Interviews: Interview with Maya Zishstein in Screen Daily


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