DOKUMANIA /Forever Pure

MAYA ZINSHTEIN: FOREVER PURE (dansk titel: Fodbold, had og racisme)

Dokumania viser på tirsdag så fortjenstfuldt igen en film fra BBC FOUR Storyville, denne gang en fluen på væggen skildring af, hvad der skete, da Beitar Jerusalem FC fik to spillere fra Tjetjenien på holdet. Instruktøren Maya Zinshtein fortæller om filmens tilblivelse i Storyvilles hjemmesides Q & A. Personligt finder jeg det særlig interessant, da hun skal svare på spørgsmålet which documentary has most inspired you? Hun svarer nemlig:

Harlan County U.S.A by Barbara Kopple that documents the coal miners’ strike at the 70s’. It’s a brilliant piece of verite filmmaking and the way the Kopple immerses herself in this community and tell their story is amazing. I’m a huge fan of verite, for me the idea of coming into a dramatic situation and tracking it for a period without knowing where it’s going to take you – it’s the best documentary filmmaking has to offer. When a dramatic situation tells a much bigger and complicated story about some of the illnesses of society – that’s where great films are born. Also the fact that Kopple was a one of the pioneers of female documentary filmmaking – I always feel that she created a path for us.”

Instruktørforbilledet er altså Barbara Kopple og den foretrukne filmstil er cinéma verité. Variety’s anmelder Alissa Simon konkluderer imidlertid sådan: “In holding a mirror to Israeli society, Zinshtein and her editors do an outstanding job of cutting together variable quality television and home-video footage along with her interviews. Forever Pure world premiered in competition at the Jerusalem Film Festival in July 2016 and nabbed awards for best documentary and editing.” Så ren verité er det jo ikke. Men alligevel: den film må jeg bestemt se. Det er på tirsdag 28. marts 20:45 på DR2 Dokumania og efterfølgende på DR TV.


Documentary which follows events at Israel’s most notorious football club. Beitar Jerusalem FC is the most popular team in Israel and the only club in the Premier League never to sign an Arab player. Midway through a season the club’s owner, Russian-Israeli oligarch Arcadi Gaydamak, brought in two Muslim players from Chechnya in a secretive transfer deal that triggered the most racist campaign in Israeli sport and sent the club spiralling out of control.

Forever Pure follows the famous football club through the tumultuous season, as power, money and politics fuel a crisis and shows how racism is destroying both the team and society from within. (BBC FOUR Storyville) (BBC FOUR Storyville Q & A med Maya Zinshtein) (Klip fra filmen)

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Allan Berg Nielsen
Allan Berg Nielsen

Allan Berg Nielsen started the first documentary cinema in Randers, Denmark way back in the 1970’es. He did so at the museum, where he was employed. He got the (16mm) films from the collection of the National Film Board of Denmark (Statens Filmcentral). He organised a film festival in his home city, became a member of the Board of Directors of the Film Board, started to write about films in diverse magazines, were a juror at several festivals and wrote television critiques in the local newspaper. From 1998-2003 Allan Berg was documentary film consultant (commissioning editor) at The Danish Film Institute, a continuation of the Film Board. Since then free lance consultant in documentary matters.

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