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DIFF - Forever Pure
Israel/UK/Russia, 2016, 87 min., Color, In Hebrew with English subtitles

Monday, April 3, 2017 10:30 PM - Tuesday, April 4, 2017 12:00 AM

Beitar Jerusalem Football Club is the most controversial sports team in Israel. Loyal fans, known as "La Familia", take pride in Beitar being the only team in the Israeli Premier League that has never fielded an Arab player. In 2012, team owner Arcadi Gaydamak, a Russian-born billionaire and failed mayoral candidate in Jerusalem, signs two Muslim players from Chechnya. Their presence turns "La Familia" into opponents of their own team and initiates an ideological contest with wide ripples.

Filmmaker Maya Zinshtein embeds herself inside the locker room and among the fans, as they are caught up in the manic and intersecting worlds of sports, religious fanaticism, and Israeli politics. The young Chechen players, Zaur Sadayev and Dzhabrail Kadiyev, isolated from their homeland, are taunted by calls of "death to Arabs" and live under constant threat. The Israeli players are caught between loyalty for their new teammates and allegiance to their old fans. When the team captain, Ariel Harush, attempts to bridge the divide he pays dearly for it.

FOREVER PURE is a disturbing portrait of a society driven to extremism, where hundreds of spectators gleefully chant "we are the most racist team," and where Israel's defence minister Avigdor Liberman legitimizes the hostility by praising the club as an embodiment of nationalism. At a time when societies all over the world are bracing against rising waves of racism and ethnic persecution, FOREVER PURE is a cautionary tale of mob behavior, and a sympathetic look at the human beings caught in the middle.

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