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Forever Pure

  • Directed by Maya Zinshstein
  • Israel/United Kingdom/Russia/Norway, 2016, 87 mins., 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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