*BEST DOCUMENTARY* - Jerusalem International Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival
"High quality piece of factual filmmaking." - Screen International
"By placing it in a wider socio-political and historical context, the film transcends its nominal subject, football and explores issues such as racism, mob mentality and abuse of power." - Jury of the Jerusalem Film Festival
"We present an Honorable Mention in the Jewish Experience category to "Forever Pure" by Maya Zinshtein. Her courageous and disturbing first film documents the destructive powers of hatred and incitement, as they threaten Jewish and democratic values in contemporary Israel." - Jewish Experience by Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center
"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." - Variety
"the story ends up using a sports team’s terrible season as a metaphor for the ugly side of a part of Israeli society and the complex and manifold ways in which a seemingly innocent game can be used by demagogues to not only reach but especially influence the masses. It’s a scary sight to behold but thanks to Zinshtein’s talent, it’s also frighteningly insightful." - Hollywood Reporter
"Compelling and unsettling... Beitar Jerusalem’s meltdown holds up a mirror to the wider society. And what it reveals is not pretty." - Screen International
Beitar Jerusalem F.C. is the most popular and controversial football team in Israel, the only club in the Premier League never to sign an Arab player. Mid-way through the 2012-13 season, a secretive transfer deal by the owner, Russian-Israeli oligarch Arcadi Gaydamak, brought two Muslim players from Chechnya. The deal inspired the most racist campaign in Israeli sport that sent the club spiralling out of control. One season in a life of this famed club is a story of Israeli society, personal identity, politics, money and a window into how racism is destroying a society from within.
85 minutes, in Hebrew with English subtitles. 2016
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