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Forever Pure

Maya Zinshtein | 87min | Israel, Storbritannien, Irland, Norge

  • År: 2016
  • Språk: Hebreiska, Ryska, Tjetjenska
  • Text: Engelsk
  • Svensk Premiär

Fotbollslaget Beitar Jerusalem är känt för sina fundamentalistiska fans. När ägaren värvar två muslimska spelare urartar läktarkulturen till rasistiskt hat.

Beitar Jerusalems supportergrupp La Familia sjunger stolt ramsor om att de är ”landets mest rasistiska lag” och ”för evigt rena” – de är nämligen ensamma i Israel om att aldrig ha haft en arabisk spelare. När klubbens ägare, den rysk-israeliske oligarken Arcadi Gaydama, i en skum affär värvar två tjetjener inför säsongen 2012-13 blir fansen chockade: de nya spelarna är kanske inte araber, men ändå muslimer. Maya Zinshtein tar oss med ner i omklädningsrummet under den dramatiska säsongen, där religiösa konflikter, rasistiskt hat och storpolitik flätas samman medan två tjetjenska fotbollsspelare inte riktigt förstår vad tusan de har hamnat i.

- Jonas Holmberg

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Maya Zinshtein

Regissör: Maya Zinshtein

Maya Zinshtein is an Israeli filmmaker and journalist, who emigrated from Russia during her childhood - now living in Tel Aviv. She holds a BA in Cinema and French studies, and an MA in Security and Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University. She has produced documentaries, among them: Thieves by Law (by Alexander Gentelev, ARTE/ZDF), the inside story of Russian Mafia, Operation Successor (By Alexander Gentelev, Channel 1, Israel), about the 2008 presidential elections in Russia. For years as an investigative journalist (Haaretz newspaper) she covered many of the ills of Israeli society and directed investigative stories for Israeli channels.

Two Muslim players entered the locker room of Beitar F.C and I was there. I was the first person to welcome Zaur and Gabriel into Israel and the last to say goodbye. Zaur and Gabriel were full of hope, telling me they’d just come to play football. No politics. This found myself living from Saturday to Saturday, sitting in the stands, biting my nails, and hoping that the story that started so badly would change direction For years as a journalist at Haaretz newspaper I’ve covered many of the ills of Israeli society. Two young men were thrown into an impossible situation and forced to deal with it, alone. Withdrawing into themselves they lost all interest in the team and the championship. The anxiety of two mothers escalates due to the fate of their sons. The struggle of individuals, as chairman Kornfein and local Beitar player Ariel tried to battle against the flow but were defined as betrayers. The silence of the masses surrendered by the extreme.

Fotograf:
Sergei Freedman
Klippare:
Justine Wright, Noam Amit
Musik:
Stephen Rennicks
Medverkande:
Eli Cohen, Arcadi Gaydamak, Ariel Harush, Ramzan Kadyrov
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