Storyville: Forever Pure - Football and Racism in Jerusalem

Storyville: Forever Pure - Football and Racism in Jerusalem

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The ugly side of the beautiful game is dragged snarling to the surface here, in the story of what happened when Beitar Jerusalem signed two Muslim players in 2013. Beitar, we learn, has always been about more than football. "At the subconscious level, football is a clash between groups. A kind of war," says the club's Russian oligarch owner, who brokered the deal.

Your heart bleeds for the two lads as they arrive in Israel. They're just kids; pawns in a political game. And there's nothing soft and cuddly about the reception they get at the club's ironically named Teddy Stadium. "We're the most racist team in the country!" boasts the chant.

Summary

Documentary exploring the conflict that erupted when Beitar Jerusalem, Israel's most popular football team, signed two Muslim players from Chechnya in a transfer deal. The move was greeted with an organised campaign of racist abuse that sent the club spiraling out of control and exposed deep-seated divisions in both the sport and society at large.

Cast & Crew

Director Maya Zinshtein
Producer Geoff Arbourne
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