Forever Pure

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Forever Pure
Poster reading "Forever Pure".
Theatrical release poster
Hebrewטהורה לעד
Directed byMaya Zinshtein
Produced byGeoff Arbourne
Music byStephen Rennicks
CinematographySergei (Israel) Freedman
Edited byJustine Wright and Noam Amit
Inside Out Films
Maya Films
Distributed byYes Docu
Release date
‹See TfM›
  • July 12, 2016 (2016-07-12) (Jerusalem Film Festival)
Running time
85 minutes

Forever Pure is a 2016 UK-Israel documentary film, by Maya Zinshtein. The film is directed by Maya Zinshtein, and produced by Geoff Arbourne and Maya Zinshtein, co-produced by Torstein Grude and Alan Maher, and executive produced by John Battsek and Nicole Stott. The film was released on Netflix on 6 July 2017 and went on to win a News & Documentary Emmy Award in 2018.[1] The film was produced by Inside Out Films and Maya Films.


Production for the film began in 2012 when Zinshtein, who was working as a journalist, made on short segments for the investigative program "Uvda" ("Fact").

Zinshtein, who was freelancing for the Israeli show, was assigned to follow two Chechen players for a few hours on their first day in Israel. After four days of filming, she realised that the story wasn't going to end there. After the short TV segment had been shown, she decided to do it by herself and started a four-year journey of making the feature documentary.


Beitar Jerusalem F.C. is the most popular and controversial football team in Israel, the only club in the Premier League never to sign an Arab player. Midway through the 2012–13 season, a secretive transfer deal by the owner, Russian-Israeli oligarch Arcadi Gaydamak, brought two Muslim players from Chechnya.

The deal inspired the most racist campaign in Israeli sport that sent the club spiralling out of control. One season in a life of this famed club is a story of Israeli society, personal identity, politics, money and a window into how racism is destroying a team and society from within.


Maya Zinshtein speaking at an event panel discussion about the power of filmmaking for social change at the 10th Anniversary Other Israel Film Festival, with: Michael Moore, Mohammad Bakri, Tony Copti, Udi Aloni, and Chelsey Berlin

Forever Pure premiered at the Jerusalem Film Festival on July 08, 2016. The film competed in the documentary section,[2] and it won The Van Leer Award for Best Director of a Documentary, The Haggiag Award for Best Editing and The Jewish Experience Awards – Honorable Mention.[3] The film then went on to have its International première at the Toronto International Film Festival.


Critical reception[edit]

Forever Pure received critical acclaim. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes certified the film as "fresh" with a score of 94%.[4]

Wendy Ide found the film to be a "eye-opening documentary that traces the tumultuous 2012-13 season, during which the political affiliations of a vocal group of the team’s loyal fans threatened to tear the club to pieces... [a] high quality-piece of factual filmmaking.""[5]


After airing in the United States on the PBS series Independent Lens, Forever Pure won a News & Documentary Emmy Award in 2018 for Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary.[6]


  1. ^ "39th winners release" (PDF). Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  2. ^ Ide, Wendy (July 12, 2016). "'Forever Pure': Jerusalem Review". Screen Daily. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  3. ^ Staff (July 26, 2016). "2016 Award Winners". Jerusalem Film Festival.
  4. ^ "Forever Pure (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved September 12, 2016.
  5. ^ "Forever Pure". Screen Daily. Retrieved 2016-06-12.
  6. ^ "39th winners release" (PDF). Retrieved October 1, 2018.

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