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25 Ratings

Forever Pure

Directed by Maya Zinshtein
United Kingdom, Israel, 2016


A story of one season in the life of the most controversial football club in Israel, Beitar Jerusalem F.C., a symbol of its right-wing politics. With the country’s largest fan base and the support of Israeli leaders, it’s the only club in the Premier League never to sign an Arab player.

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Forever Pure Directed by Maya Zinshtein

Critics reviews

What’s most moving here: the undaunted dignity of the Chechens, who face the hostility with quiet bemusement and even play the sport well.
November 08, 2016
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In holding a mirror to Israeli society, Zinshtein and her editors do an outstanding job of cutting together variable quality television and home-video footage along with her interviews.
September 17, 2016
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Zinshtein embeds herself with the players, getting a fly-on-the-wall look at the team’s morale, the political scheming of Beitar owner Arcadi Gaydamak, the culture shock experienced by Chechens Zaur Sadayev and Dzhabrail Kadiyev, and the growing nationalistic extremism of the Israeli fans. That it is a female eye peering into the dark side of male-dominated sports fandom is especially compelling, as it astutely appreciates how quickly macho posturing can into heinous bullying.
September 11, 2016
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