Film Festival: Forever Pure

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Forever Pure

Thursday, February 9
5:30 p.m.
Director: Maya Zinshtein
2016/UK, Israel, Russia/85 minutes
Hebrew with English Subtitles
Producer Level Sponsored Screening


In a seamless blend of sports, right wing politics and the fervor of the fans, this intense and timely documentary exposes the power of sport to simultaneously unite and divide a nation.

For years, the Beitar Jerusalem football club was the only Israeli soccer team never to sign an Arab player. Then, midway through its 2012-13 season, the popular club’s owner, Russian-Israeli oligarch Arcadi Gaydamak, brought on two Muslim players from Chechnya to further private economic interests. The events of this documentary reveal how a small but powerfully politicized fan club named La Familia and its radically right-wing opposition towards the Muslim players causes the team to fall from national ranking. This decision inspired a racist backlash that sent the club spiraling out of control and revealed how xenophobia can destroy a team and society from within.

A disturbing but eye-opening debut from Maya Zinshtein. Forever Pure has screened at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, The Jerusalem Film Festival, the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the Chicago International Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Zurich Film Festival, and theatrically in the UK. Colorado Premiere.

*Graphic Language, Violence