Event details

Followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Maya Zinshtein.

Films screening at this event

Forever Pure

original title
טהורה לעד
Maya Zinshtein
Israel, UK
85 min

Beitar Yerushalayim is Israel’s most high profile and controversial football team, traditionally supported by a fiercely loyal fanbase of Jews originating from Arab countries. For years the team languished at the bottom of the league until Russian oligarch, Arcadi Gaydamak, bought the club and invested $100 million. However the signing of two Muslim players from Chechnya tests the power and loyalties of the fans and their beloved team to its limits, releasing a disturbing and violent strain of xenophobia and racism that threatens to the tear them apart. A fascinating and uncomfortable insight into the connections between football, politics and money.

Winner: Best Director, Jerusalem Film Festival
Winner: The Van Leer Award for Best Director of a Documentary
Winner: The Haggiag Award Best Editing
Jewish Experience Awards (Honourable Mention) – Jerusalem Film Festival 2016