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    Forever Pure

    Directed by Maya Zinshtein
    Israel/UK/Ireland/Norway | 87 minutes | True Stories

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    Forever Pure

    Directed by Maya Zinshtein
    Israel/UK/Ireland/Norway | 87 minutes | True Stories

Take Israel’s most popular soccer team, add a controversy-seeking owner, mix in two unsuspecting Muslim players and a rabid fan base hostile to change, and what do you get? The explosive, enthralling, and disturbing documentary, Forever Pure. Winner: Documentary direction and editing, Jerusalem.

Schedule

January 11, 2017 1:45 PM Annenberg Theater Tickets not available
January 13, 2017 10:30 AM Annenberg Theater Tickets not available
January 15, 2017 1:45 PM Palm Canyon Theatre Tickets not available

film synopsis

When midway through the 2012-13 season, the Russian-Israeli oligarch Arcadi Gaydamak, owner of the Beitar Jerusalem FC soccer team, signs two Muslim players from Chechnya, an explosive chain of events is set in motion that will eventually engulf the team and its followers. Beitar is the most popular and controversial team in Israel, the only club in the Premier League never to sign an Arab player. Its rabid fan base, known as La Familia, can't abide the new players; at a key moment in one game, when the Chechen Zaur Sadayev scores his first goal, an entire section of fans gets up and leaves the stadium in protest. Events rapidly deteriorate from there.

Director Maya Zinshtein, an Israeli investigative reporter and filmmaker, does a masterful job in following every twist and turn in this combustible and riveting story, revealing the web of relationships between the team and national politics. It's clear that the fans' reaction is not an aberration but, rather, a reflection of deep, dark and disturbing undercurrents within Israeli society.

Winner: Best Director of a Documentary, Best Editing, Jerusalem

film details

Original Language Title: Tehora la'ad
Country: Israel/UK/Ireland/Norway
Year: 2016
Running Time: 87 minutes
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: Yes
Awards: Best Director of a Documentary, Jerusalem
Director: Maya Zinshtein
Producers: Geoff Arbourne, Maya Zinshtein
Cinematographers: Sergei (Israel) Freedman, Yaniv Linton, Ross McDonnell
Editor: Justine Wright and Noam Amit
US Distributor: The Film Collaborative
International Sales Company: Dogwoof
Website: http://www.passion-pictures.com/films/project/forever-pure/

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