Documentary/Biography | Israel (2016) | 123 minutes
SHOWTIME: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 7:00 PM (Hebrew with English Subtitles)
Jerusalem’s Beitar football club, the most controversial sports team in Israel, became a flashpoint for controversy when the signing of two Muslim players brought down the racist wrath of the team’s loyal fans known as La Familia. The 2 young Chechen players, isolated from their homeland, are taunted and live under constant threat. The Israeli players are caught between loyalty for their new teammates and allegiance to their fans. Team captain Ariel Harush pays dearly for attempting to bridge the divide. At a time when societies all over the world are bracing against rising waves of racism and ethnic persecution, this is a cautionary tale with a look at those caught in the middle.
DIRECTOR: MAYA ZINSHTEIN
2016 Jerusalem Film Festival - Best Editing & Best Director of a Documentary; 2016 Zurich Film Festival - Nominated Best International Documentary; Vlia Van Leer Award - Honorable Mention
Sponsors: Norma Fogel, Jane Yudell