Beitar Jerusalem is the most controversial team in Israel. Its radical fans, known as La Familia, take pride in the fact that Beitar is the only professional Israeli team that has never had an Arab player in its ranks. In 2012, the team owner, Arcadi Gaydamak, a multi-millionaire born in Russia and unsuccessful candidate for mayor of Jerusalem, signed two Muslim players in Chechnya. Their presence in the squad led to a boycott by La Familia, kicking off an ideological battle within the club. The filmmaker Maya Zinshtein put together the whole process from the inside, in the changing room and in the stands, constructing a story that mixes sports, Israeli politics, racism and religious fanaticism. A cocktail in which both the local players, and the two Chechens are trapped. Forever Pure is the disturbing portrait of a society driven to extremism, where hundreds of spectators proudly sing “We are the most racist team” and the Israeli defence minister, Avigdor Liberman, legitimises hostility by praising the club as an embodiment of nationalism. At a time when societies around the world are bracing themselves against growing racism and irrational hatred of others/the different, Forever Pure is a story that warns us about the behaviour of mobs and takes a sympathetic look at the human beings trapped in the middle....

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    Maya Zinshtein
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    87 minutes