Forever Pure (Tehora La'ad)

Maya Zinshtein

Israel, United Kingdom, Ireland, Norway, 2016 / 85 min / Hebrew, Russian and Chechen OV with English and French subtitles / Documentary

A provoking documentary about racism, religion, fanaticism and the cost of remaining silent.

Founded in 1936, Beitar Jerusalem is the most popular and controversial football club in Israel, known for not tolerating Arabs in its team. In the midst of the 2012/13 season, the Russian-Israeli oligarch and owner of Beitar, Arcadi Gaydamak, engages two Muslim players from Chechnya – 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 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. (Zurich Film Festival)

Selection - Youth Jury

Sun 05/03 21:00 Ciné Utopia OV with EN & FR subt. Public
Wed 08/03 18:30 Cinémathèque OV with EN & FR subt. Public
Fri 10/03 09:00 Cinémathèque OV with EN & FR SUBT Scolaire
  • Van Leer Award for Best Director of a Documentary Jerusalem Film Festival 2016 (Israel)
  • Haggiag Award Best Editing Jerusalem Film Festival 2016 (Israel)
  • Jewish Experience Awards (Honourable Mention) Jerusalem Film Festival 2016 (Israel)
Cast & Credits
Eli Cohen, Arcadi Gaydamak, Ariel Harush, Ramzan Kadyrov, Dzhabrail Kadiyev, Zaur Sadayev, Itzik Korenfine, Ofir Kriaf
Maya Zinshtein
Sergei Israel Freedman
Fionan Higgins, Slava Frenklakh
Stephen Rennicks
Duckin' & Divin' Films, Maya Films
Roads Entertainment, Piraya Film / In association with Passion Pictures
Dogwoof Films

Maya Zinshtein is an Israeli filmmaker and journalist originally from Russia. She received a Master’s degree in security and diplomacy from Tel Aviv University. She has worked as a producer of documentaries, and as an investigative journalist for Haaretz. “Forever Pure” is her first feature documentary as director.

  • 2016 - Forever Pure (Documentary)