Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017 Presented by Dollar Bank

FOREVER PURE

 

Year: 2016
Country: UNITED KINGDOM, IRELAND, NORWAY, ISRAEL
Run Time: 85 minutes

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FOREVER PURE
FOREVER PURE
FOREVER PURE
FOREVER PURE

Beitar Jerusalem is not your average football team. To its rabid fans, it’s a lifestyle. But their enthusiasm can sometimes be disturbing. Chants from the stands sound more like rhetoric at a political rally than a sports game. In 2013 what had long been known, but largely ignored, became blazingly clear: many members of their fan-base are indeed right-wing extremists. Until that year, they had been the only club in their league without an Arab player. The acquisition of two Muslim athletes from Chechnya set off a firestorm among the team’s most die-hard supporters. Soon Jewish fans started waving banners with the words “forever pure.” What began as stinging boos and offensive chants (“here we are, the most racist football team in the country”) quickly escalated when fans turned to violence to voice their disapproval. At one point, a bomb is launched into a stadium’s memorabilia museum. The hatred displayed in FOREVER PURE is unsettling to say the least, but it’s clear that turning a blind eye is no longer an option. (In English, Hebrew, Russian, Chechen, and Arabic with subtitles) —E.F.

FOREVER PURE

CIFF41 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Sunday, April 02, 2017 at 6:20 PM

Monday, April 03, 2017 at 12:05 PM

Sidebars
JEWISH AND ISRAELI VISIONS
RACE RELATIONS
THE SPORTS SECTION

Genre
Recommended for High School Students +

Competitions
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition

Director
Maya Zinshtein

Producer
Maya Zinshtein, Geoff Arbourne

Cinematography
Sergei Freedman

Editing
Justine Wright, Noam Amit

Director Bio
Maya Zinshtein is a filmmaker from Russia who moved to Israel as a youth. She holds a B.A. in Cinema and French Studies and an M.A. in Security and Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University. She began her career as a journalist for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

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