Forever Pure

by Maya Zinshtein International Documentary Film / Competition

Founded in 1963, Beitar Jerusalem is the most popular and controversial football club in Israel, known for not tolerating Arabs in its team. To the surprise of many, in the midst of the 2012/13 season, the Russian-Israeli oligarch and owner of Beitar, Arcadi Gaydamak, engages two Chechens Muslims – which is perceived as an insult by many fans. “Forever pure” are the words echoing from the spectator stands, demanding the expulsion of the Arabs, with fans refusing to support their team and rather bombarding the two players with degrading abuse. This marks the beginning of an entire team’s humiliating downfall.
The story of a turbulent football season, FOREVER PURE deals with identity, racism, peer pressure, and highlights the link between sports and politics. Israeli director Maya Zinshtein’s debut illustrates the way in which fanaticism threatens to destroy both a team and a society from within.


  • Direction: Maya Zinshtein
  • Cast: Eli Cohen, Arcadi Gaydamak, Ariel Harush, Ramzan Kadyrov, Dzhabrail Kadiyev
  • Genre: DOC: Social Interest & Politics
  • Runtime: 87 Min
  • Country, Year: Israel, UK, 2016
  • Languages: Hebrew, Russian, Chechen
  • Subtitles: English, German
  • Producer: Maya Zinshtein, Geoff Arbourne
  • Cinematography: Sergei Israel Freedman
  • Editor: Justine Wright, Noam Amit
  • Music: Stephen Rennicks
  • Co-Producer: Alan Maher, Torstein Grude
  • Executive Producer: John Battsek, Nicole Stott
  • Production Company: Duckin’ & Divin’ Films, Maya Films
  • World Sales: Dogwoof Global
  • https://www.facebook.com/ForeverPureFilm/
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Roger S (rs), 10 Months ago

Die israelische Filmemacherin und Journalistin Maya Zinshtein gewährt uns einen eindrücklichsten Einblick in eine Fussballsaison, in der die islamfeindliche und rechtsextreme Fangruppierung 'La Familia' den eigenen Klub Beitar Jerusalem beinahe in den sportlichen Ruin treibt (= Abstieg).

Unglaublich, welche destruktiven Energien diese extrem antiarabische Fangruppierung entwickelt, als der damalige und jüdisch-russische Klubbesitzer Arcady Gaydamak während der Saison zwei muslimische Tschetschenen verpflichtet.

Der Dokumentarfilm ist über ein Kickstarter-Projekt (mit)finanziert worden (ca. GBP 21'000).

[Update]: Auf dem YouTube Channel vom ZFF stellt Maya Zinshtein ihren aktuellen Film 'Forever Pure' kurz vor (in English).