Published on November 25th, 2015 | by Bill
Forever Pure – football documentary
‘Jerusalem, 2013. A secretive transfer deal by the owner and Israeli-Russian businessman Arcadi Gaydamak brought two young Muslim football players from Chechnya into the heart of Israel, the Jewish oriented Beitar Jerusalem F.C. – leading to the most racist campaign in Israeli sport. One season and one football team in crisis, and behind the story lurks the money and power that will send the club spiralling out of control.’
That line provides the context behind what could be one of the most fascinating documentaries about a football club, it’s fans and the community that it sits within that we’ve seen.
‘Forever Pure’ is it’s name and recently, we were lucky enough to meet the one of the film’s producers, Geoff Arbourne , who along with director / producer, Maya Zinshtein has been working on this project for some time. From what we’ve seen and what we discussed in that meeting, the resulting film promises to place football at the centre of modern Israel’s political climate, with access to absolutely everybody involved – the club’s administrators, chairman and players; La Familia, Beitar Jerusalem’s main fan group right through to the Israeli president.
Why are we getting involved? Well, we always mix football and politics and to be honest – this story needs to be seen. The team behind Forever Pure have put together a short film for the Guardian, which you can watch here, or we’ve embedded a shorter teaser trailer below. The full length version is nearly ready to go and is currently in post-production.
To give this independent film the final push it needs, the team have launched a kickstarter campaign – you can read about this and indeed, contribute here. We hope to have more on the project in Issue 16 of the fanzine, coming soon so watch this space.