Forever Pure

Dir. Maya Zinshtein
(85 min, IrelandIsraelNorwayUnited Kingdom, 2016)
Hebrew Russian Chechen with English subtitles
Documentary
Mid-Atlantic Premiere

Beitar Jerusalem F.C. is the most popular and controversial soccer team in Israel. Loyal fans take pride in the club’s stature as the only Israeli team never to have signed an Arab player, and gleefully chant, “we are the most racist team,” from the stands.

When owner and Russian-Israeli oligarch Arcadi Gaydamak brings on two Chechen Muslim players in 2012, bedlam breaks loose. Scary and eerily timely, this documentary uses sport to examine a rampant xenophobia and nationalism threatening to migrate from the soccer pitch to mainstream Israeli politics and society.

Screenings

Saturday, May 20, 6:30 pm
E Street Cinema
555 11th Street NW
Washington, DC

Tuesday, May 23, 6:15 pm
Bethesda Row Cinema
7235 Woodmont Avenue
Bethesda, MD

E Street Cinema elevators are unavailable for the remainder of the Festival. If you can't use an escalator, and have purchased tickets to an E Street screening, contact boxoffice@wjff.org for a credit or refund.

Preview
Press
  • 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
  • a scary sight to behold but thanks to Zinshtein’s talent, it’s also frighteningly insightfulThe Hollywood Reporter
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E Street Cinema elevators are unavailable for the remainder of the Festival. If you can’t use an escalator, and have purchased tickets to an E Street screening, contact boxoffice@wjff.org for a credit or refund.

This event finished on May 24, 2017.